An independent UN human rights expert Dec. 2 wrapped up a nine-day visit to Nepal by pressing its government to ensure that the country’s indigenous people receive fair representation and resources. James Anaya, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, stressed that Nepal was the first Asian country to ratify a convention of the UN International Labor Organization (ILO), which commits States to securing indigenous peoples’ distinct cultures and ways of life, rights over lands and natural resources, and the right to meaningfully participate in all decisions affecting them. (UN News Service)

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