23rd – 27th of August 2021,
7-9pm Hong Kong Time
ICF is happy to announce another virtual workshop in August. Due to the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions in place, ICF will keep its program virtual for now. On the upside of the situation, the workshop participants will not be limited to one country, as it would be with a face-to-face workshop. It will be open to the entire region.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007. The Declaration is the most comprehensive instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival dignity and well being of the indigenous peoples of the world. It further elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples. Amnesty International (AI) estimates 370 million Indigenous peoples (IPs) around the world, while the World Bank estimates go around 500 million. There are more than 5,000 different IPs cultures, and they speak more than 4,000 languages. AI says 70%. or more than two-thirds of the IPs live in Asia. According to the World Bank (WB), they represent 5% of the world’s population and account for 15% of the people in extreme poverty.
The Indigenous Peoples belong to the most marginalized groups worldwide. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the existing injustices. Historically, Indigenous peoples have been victims of genocide through pandemics introduced by colonizers and invaders. During the current pandemic, infection and death rates are much higher among indigenous peoples than non-indigenous populations. Indigenous peoples are more vulnerable to the direct (health) and indirect (economic, food security, etc.) effects of COVID-19. Support from governments to Indigenous Peoples has been lacking, including health infrastructure, and culturally appropriate campaigns to prevent the spread of the disease.
Article 24 §1 and §2 of The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples not only clearly state the right to traditional medicines but more over the right to access, without discrimination, to all social and health services:
- Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Indigenous individuals also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services.
- Indigenous individuals have an equal right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States shall take the necessary steps with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right.
On top of that, the pandemic intensified widespread violations on indigenous lands, which are also clearly protected by the UNDRIP, rolling back on environmental laws and allowing big companies to sweep in and grab land, supposedly to boost the economy weakened by the current crisis.
Considering the situation of the Indigenous peoples today, ICF seeks to raise the consciousness of the young people on the plight of the Indigenous peoples, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This virtual seminar-workshop aims that the participants from various religious traditions and ethnic backgrounds will be able to –
- Explain the rights of indigenous people as stated in the UNDRIP
- Identify the barriers in access to healthcare and other necessities for indigenous people
- Explain further issues indigenous peoples are facing due to the on-going pandemic
- Explore and identify what is been done by governments and other entities (NGOs) to support indigenous people during the pandemic
- For those interested, create a doable proposal on how to inform their respective communities and help tackle existing barriers that prevent access to health care services and appropriate information for indigenous people or another topic relevant for the community that was addressed during the workshop
Who can participate?
If you want to attend as a regular participant, you will have to commit and actively participate in the full week of sessions and submit one written reflection after the workshop.
Criteria for the written reflection:
- Write one reflection after the 5 Day workshop (submit the latest by the following Wednesday 1st of September)
- A reflection is not a mere summary of what has been discussed but rather your own thoughts on the matter (you reflect on what you heard, learned and what has been talked about)
- You do not need to touch on every single sub-topic that was discussed during the 5 days. You can write on a few or just one issues that struck you the most.
- Use your own words
- Write at least one full page
ICF will help cover the cost of the Internet connection for those who actively take part in the full workshop and submit a reflection in line with the above criteria. Those who submit proposals in line with Objective #5 will receive a minimal subsidy for the activity that they plan to do.
Please register here as a regular participant: https://forms.gle/uS6SYc1RE5ycRz8t7
Please note that you can also register as a non-regular participant. This means you choose which days you attend, but you may also attend all. You do not have to submit a written reflection. You will, however, not be entitled to an Internet subsidy or a certificate for participation.
Please register here as a Non-Regular participant: https://forms.gle/tD9kjbsLnMi3QZq18
|Date and Time||Topic||Resource Person|
|Monday August 23rd
7-9 pm HKT
|The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
|Victoria Tauli-Corpus former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from the Philippines|
|Tuesday August 24th
7-9 pm HKT
|Barriers in access to healthcare and other necessities for indigenous people
Testimony on access to health care during the pandemic
|Wednesday August 25th
7-9 pm HKT
|Further issues indigenous peoples are faced with due to the on-going pandemic (land grabbing, environmental rights, land rights)
|Jakob Siringoringo Chair of the BPAN National Board from Indonesia|
|Thursday August 26th
7-9 pm HKT
|What has been done by governments and other entities (NGOs) to support indigenous people during the pandemic
|Friday August 27th
7-9 pm HKT
What can we do?