EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: •This joint submission by the Coalition of Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar/Burma focuses on
the collective rights of indigenous peoples, particularly the thematic areas of land,
territories, and natural resources, development, and language and cultural rights, with
militarization, self-determination, and free, prior
and informed consent (FPIC) as cross-cutting issues. •Section A describes the context of indigenous peoples in Myanmar/Burma. It highlights the
lack of understanding about the internationally-recognised concept of indigenous peoples,
and lack of accurate information about the number of indigenous peoples in
Myanmar/Burma. •Section B outlines the normative and institutional
framework of the State under Review
(SuR) as it pertains to indigenous peoples. It focuses on the policy and legislative
framework relating to land use, national bodies with a mandate to address the key issue of
land grabbing, and the current peace process in Myanmar/Burma.
•Section C draws on human rights documentation collected by member organizations of this
coalition, and highlights how control over land and
natural resources for development
projects in indigenous peoples’ territories is driving violent conflict and related human
rights violations. It addresses issues of widespread land confiscation, negative
environmental, social, and health impacts, and threats to traditional and sustainable
livelihoods from development projects. It also details how militarization, displacement, and
oppression have violated language and cultural rights.
•Section D puts forward recommendations to the government of Myanmar/Burma...
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