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Volume 1    May, 2011

UN report paints grim picture of conditions of world’s indigenous peoples
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In the United States:
aNative American contract tuberculosis at 600 times the rate of the general population.

 
a62% are more likely to commit suicide than the general population.
In Australia and Nepal
aIndigenous children can expect to die 20 years earlier than non-natives
In Guatemala
aIndigenous children can expect to die 13 years earlier than non-natives.
In New Zealand
aIndigenous children can expect to die 11 years earlier than non-natives.
In Canada:
aInuit suicide rate is 11 times the national average.

aThe Inuit TB rate is over 150 times higher.
In parts of Ecuador,
aIndigenous people have 30 times greater risk of throat cancer than the national average.
Worldwide,
aMore than 50% of indigenous adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes – a number predicted to rise.

aOnly 5% of the worlds population is Indigenous, but they make up 33% of the world's extremely poor rural people.

aIndigenous peoples have higher levels of maternal and infant mortality, malnutrition, cardiovascular illnesses, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.

aIndigenous suicide rates are higher, especially among youth.

 

Of the world’s 6,000 - 7,000 languages,
Most are spoken by indigenous peoples.  90% could become extinct within the next 100 years.
About 97% of the world’s people speak on 4% of its languages. Only 3% of the world's populations speaks 96% of the languages. 

The world’s 370,000,000 indigenous peoples suffer extremely high rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses. Startling figures in a  UN Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, show:

“Every day, indigenous communities all over the world face issues of violence and brutality, continuing assimilation policies, dispossession of land, marginalization, forced removal or relocation, denial of land rights, impacts of large-scale development, abuses by military forces and a host of other abuses,” the report’s authors said.

 UN officials say it's the first time such detailed information has been collected.

“We believe this is going to be crucial for Governments and for the UN to address more seriously and comprehensively the issues of indigenous people,” said Vicki Tauli-Corpuz from the UN. “It’s very daring and bold in a sense because it does identify countries and the situation of indigenous peoples in various countries both in the developed world as well as in the developing world.”

The study says one of the biggest threats for indigenous peoples is being displaced from their lands. Among the most critical regions are
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hawaii, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia.

“When indigenous peoples have reacted and tried to assert their rights, they have suffered physical abuse, imprisonment, torture and even death,” the report says. The study says self-determination and land rights are vital for their cultural and personal survival.

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