World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Indigenous rights

23 September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people.

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Thailand’s female monks (cautiously) lobby for legal recognition

Thai female monk

A quiet campaign to grant female monks legal recognition began this summer. Advocates hope that the minimal fanfare will help the ‘Bhikkhunis’ evade conservative religious opposition.

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