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International Peace Research Association (IPRA) – Freetown, Sierra Leone, 27th November –1st December 2016
Theme of the Conference: AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission
The Commission for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was initiated at the IPRA Conference in 1996 and fully established in 2000. The focus of the commission has been the recognition of First Peoples, globally embracing over 250 million people, with a great diversity of cultures and distinctive ways of life and important knowledge systems. However Indigenous Peoples have been historically invaded by colonial empires, bringing much cultural destruction and loss of traditional lands and in the modern period are commonly subordinated as minorities within nation states where they suffer the effects of development, marginalization, environmental destruction and cultural hegemony. Nevertheless, the world-wide movement of Indigenous Peoples to assert their human rights, gain land, cultural, political and economic rights, legal recognition, education, health and other forms of social equality has been an important movement in the international context. Often, Indigenous People have been involved in internal-conflicts within states but have also celebrated their cultures and achieved important developments in securing their distinctive rights, as recognised by the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This commission welcomes participation from Indigenous researchers, scholars and educators as well as all those working or interested in promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples. At several IPRA conferences this Commission has been able to engage with local Indigenous communities and gain their participation.