Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Unreported Struggles: Conflict and Peace
The questions addressed in the book include the following: What are the forms of violence specific to Indigenous peoples? Are there forms that do not express themselves in physical violence? Are there specific causes for conflicts affecting Indigenous peoples? What can we learn from case studies? Can existing norms and policies for dealing with conflict apply to Indigenous peoples? What is the international normative framework applicable to conflict affecting Indigenous peoples and its resolution? Has the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples had an impact on conflict resolution and peace solutions? Should Indigenous peoples-related conflicts be handled differently from other so-called “ethnic conflicts”? What gaps must be addressed in terms of national and international mechanisms for the prevention of atrocities and the promotion of peace in cases where Indigenous Peoples are involved? What impact does the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage have on Indigenous Peoples’ human rights? What is the human rights approach and response to the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples? How could existing mechanisms of conflict resolution, national and international, be improved in regards to Indigenous Peoples? What can be learned from efforts toward conflict resolution involving Indigenous Peoples, including peace agreements and a gender perspective, in different parts of the world? What are the opportunities we can seize to make progress in this area and what recommendations can we make to various parties?
The book has been conceptualized to address broad issues of conflict and peace pertaining to Indigenous Peoples and their human rights. While some of the chapters are geographically specific, they each address major questions that are relevant to many situations and are examples of broader interest. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples’ unwavering efforts and initiatives towards the resolution of conflicts, the book asks questions that underlie the global peace agenda, yet provide the Indigenous angle, in addition to highlighting topics that are particular to the situation of Indigenous Peoples: the human rights standards applicable in situations of conflict, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration); the issue of the responsibility to protect; violence against women; women’s contributions to peace; environmental violence; grassroots peace movements and their strategies; the negotiation and implementation of peace accords; structural violence; seeking conflict resolution through the courts; the potential and limits of shaming and sanctions; and a peace-mapping model for sustainable peace that includes Indigenous theories of peace. The title of the book contains the phrase “unreported struggles” to underline the invisibility that often coats Indigenous Peoples’ struggles in the context of conflicts, as part of deeply engrained structural violence and its long-term historic roots of dispossession, trivialization and marginalization imposed on Indigenous Peoples by the colonial paradigm.
The book contains a number of case studies with a geographical focus at the national level—Chile, Nicaragua, Colombia, Russia, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines—or at the regional level, namely Africa, in the Great Lakes region and East Africa.
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- Institute for the Study of Human Rights
- Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
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- December 15, 2017
Individual chapters from this book are available in Academic Commons at the following links: Elsa Stamatopoulou - “Introduction”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8Z3369D; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz - “Conflict, peace and the human rights of Indigenous Peoples”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8PK1PRM; Jose Aylwin - “Intercultural Conflict and Peace Building: The Experience of Chile”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8989FNW; Mirna Cunningham - “Indigenous Peoples’ Conflicts and the Negotiation Process for Autonomy in Nicaragua”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D81V6NKQ; Albert K. Barume - “Unaccounted For: Indigenous Peoples as Victims of Conflicts in Africa”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8SB5DBZ; Naomi Kipuri - “Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Conflict and Peace Building: Experiences from East Africa”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8HT3WXZ; Rodion Sulyandziga and Dmitry Berezhkov - “Reflections on the Influence of the Current Political Development in Russia on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8892DH2; Andrea Carmen - “Environmental Violence: Impacts on Indigenous Women and Girls”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D80V9MDW; Binalakshmi Nepram - “Indigenous Women of Northeast India at the Forefront of a Strong Non-Violent Peace Movement”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8QC1B36; Shayna Halliwell - “The Responsibility to Protect Indigenous Peoples? An Analysis of R2P’s Potential Application in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D86D71M5; Tone Bleie - “The Politics of Shaming and Sanctions: Rewriting the Anatomy of the Bangladeshi State”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8PC4908; Ulia Gosart - “Structural Violence Against Indigenous Peoples: Russian Federation”, https://doi.org/10.7916/D85F00FW; Neal B. Keating - “Peace Mapping and Indigenous Peoples“, https://doi.org/10.7916/D8NC77T1.