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Congo: New Law on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

(Jan. 11, 2011) The Senate and the National Assembly of the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) passed a law on the rights of indigenous peoples on December 30, 2010. The legislation had the backing of the government and will become law as soon as it is signed by the President. It will be the first […]

Canada: Bill Introduced to Require Aboriginal Leaders to Disclose Salaries

(Oct. 20, 2010) A Conservative Member of Canada's Parliament, Kelly Block, has introduced a bill that would require aboriginal leaders paid salaries from federally allocated funds to disclose their earnings. (A Bill to Create the First Nations' Financial Transparency Act, Bill No. C-575, 40th Parl. 3d Sess., Parliament website, http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4669703&Language=e&Mode=1&File=33 (last visited Oct. 19, 2010).) […]

Taiwan: Milestone Proposal on Indigenous Peoples’ Self-Governance

(Sept. 30, 2010) Taiwan's Executive Yuan (Cabinet) decided on September 23, 2010, to approve a proposal for an Indigenous Peoples Self-Government Act. The foundation of the proposed act is article 4 of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act, guaranteeing aboriginals' equal status and the development of self-governance. (June Tsai, Cabinet Greenlights Landmark Aboriginal Self-Rule Law, TAIWAN […]

Taiwan: Amendments to Law on Status of Indigenous People

(Jan. 27, 2009) The Law on the Status of Indigenous People, promulgated on January 17, 2001, and in force on January 1 of that year, was amended on December 3, 2008. The phrase “voluntary relinquishment” (italicized below) has been inserted in article 8, paragraph 1, on the process for recovering or acquiring the status of […]