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Declaration on the Rights of Asian Indigenous Tribal Peoples

Adopted at the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact General Assembly Meeting, Chiangmai, Thailand, 18-23 May 1993.

    …We Asian indigenous peoples know who we are. We are the descendants of the original inhabitants of territories which have been conquered; and we consider ourselves distinct from the rest of the prevailing society. e have our own languages, religions, customs and world-view and we are determined to transmit these to future generations. We do not have centralised political institutions but are organised instead at the level of the community and have highly developed methods for arriving at decisions by consensus…

    …Asian colonialists have joined hands with previous colonisers to recolonise us in the name of "nation-building" and "development" and to deprive us of our lights to self-determination. We are being pushed to extinction not only through invasion, planned population transfers and transmigration of other peoples to our territories but also through the efforts of dominant Asians to assimilate us, to impose languages, religions and political concepts which are alien to us…

    …We assert the right to revitalise our traditional institutions, to speak our languages and live according to our world view and to educate our children on these…


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