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Indigenous realities in a COVID-19 world: Asia - Lessons Learned

The fast-spreading COVID-19 poses much higher health risks to Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disability, elders and women making them the most vulnerable groups. These groups not only face challenges in accessing information on time and in their own language; but also, of discrimination and deprivation of basic health services.
 
In this flash update from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, they share critical lessons learned from the response to COVID-19 so far.
 
Statement from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
As though COVID-19 is not harsh enough, we are also seeing the darker side of human society. Indigenous Peoples are battling against racial discrimination, criminalization and stereotyping and COVID-19 makes it worse.

"Our battle is multi-fold and we will find the solution to COVID-19 soon but not to our humanity", said Gam A. Shimray, Secretary-General, Asia Indigenous Peoples (AIPP). "Racial discrimination, criminalization and destruction of the forests will continue", he added.

  • Combined 2nd Flash Brief COVID-19 Lesson learned from Indigenous Communities in Asia
  • Information and Communication
  • Village lockdowns
  • Community driven initiatives
  • Self-isolation and lockdowns
  • Sustainability
  • Food insecurity

Read the statement in PDF

About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

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