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Indonesia: Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People to Forests

(Apr 29, 2015) On April 18, 2015, Indonesia’s Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, issued the “Mataram Declaration,” named after the capital of the province of West Nusa Tenggara. The Declaration is part of the government’s response to a May 2013 ruling of the Constitutional Court giving indigenous groups control of forested […]

Malawi: President Announces Plan to Protect Albinos

(Apr. 2, 2015) On March 19, 2015, Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika announced a plan to protect the albinos in the county. There have been 15 cases of albinos abducted and killed across several countries already this year. Albino individuals have long been preyed on in some African nations, including neighboring Tanzania as well as Malawi, […]

Burma: Temporary Citizens Will Be Allowed to Vote in Constitutional Referendum

(Feb. 6, 2015) It was reported on February 3, 2015, that Burma’s Parliament (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw) had passed a law the day before granting temporary citizens in Burma the right to vote in a constitutional referendum expected to be held in May 2015, before general elections scheduled for the fall. (Lawi Weng, ‘White Card’ Holders Eligible […]

Tanzania; United Nations: Protection Needed for Albinos

(Sept. 8, 2014) On August 25, 2014, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) questioned the method adopted by the Government of Tanzania to protect children with albinism. The government has placed children with the condition in state-run care centers, to protect them from being targeted by those who believe […]

Georgia: Controversy over Anti-Discrimination Bill

(May 7, 2014) Irakli Gharibashvili, Georgia’s Prime Minister, recently spoke in support of a proposed law against discrimination now pending before Georgia’s parliament. He said that while the draft law would protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it would not promote or grant special privileges to anyone. He added that it […]