Thursday, May 17, 2007

Cultural Survival. No. 463.

In today's globalizing world indigenous peoples endure forced assimilation, discrimination, exploitation by powerful economic interests, and poorly considered development policies—all of which threaten their cultural survival. In many places indigenous peoples are marginalized and have little or no power or political voice to defend themselves. There is little accountability for governments and corporate interests that perpetrate abuses against them.

Cultural Survival partners with indigenous peoples to:

* secure their rights in international and national law;
* promote respect for their right to self-determination;
* ensure their right to full and effective participation in the political, economic, and social life of the country in which they live; and
* enjoy their rights to their lands, resources, languages, and cultures

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