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Delegates lack skills to defend indigenous people: Activists

  • Adianto P Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Sat, February 20 2010   /  12:44 pm

Indonesian delegates to international conferences lack the skills to defense indigenous people's rights and promote their role in climate change mitigation, activists say. They are antagonistic to indigenous groups challenging the official stance on climate change, activists added. "We frequently get asked why indigenous rights issues are not raised in international forums," Mina Susana Setra, an activist from the Alliance of Archipelagic Indigenous People (AMAN), said at a seminar Thursday. "The fact is only a few of our negotiators understand the real problems faced by indigenous people." The two-day seminar titled "After the Copenhagen Conference" was organized by the Ford Foundation and the Samdhana Institute. Setra said officials from the Philippines always took the lead in climate change talks concerning the fate of indigenous people. "We often hear ou...