Group hits new NCIP rules on entry to ancestral domains

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 November) — The new guidelines released by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on processes governing entities entering ancestral domains further infringe on the rights of Lumads (indigenous peoples), a lawyer of an alternative law group said.

Lawyer Rhia Muhi of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center said the rules, published by the NCIP in September, do not respond to the issues and problems faced by communities where there are projects, programs, or activities within their ancestral domain areas.

In her briefing to representatives of non-government organizations and peoples’ organizations Thursday, Muhi said the new guidelines “further watered down the rights of the indigenous peoples or cultural communities to free and prior informed consent.” Read full story here.

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