"There are 370 million Indigenous people around the world spread across more
than 90 countries. They belong to more than 5,000 different Indigenous peoples
and speak more than 4,000 languages. Indigenous people represent about 5% of
the world’s population. The vast majority of them – 70% – live in Asia.
Although they have different customs and cultures, they face the same harsh
realities: eviction from their ancestral lands, being denied the opportunity to
express their culture, physical attacks and treatment as second-class citizens.
Indigenous peoples are often marginalized and face discrimination in countries’
legal systems, leaving them even more vulnerable to violence and abuse.
Indigenous human rights defenders who speak out face intimidation and violence,
often supported by the state. In addition, individuals may be physically
attacked and killed just for belonging to an Indigenous people.
Discrimination is the reason why Indigenous peoples make up 15% of the world’s
extreme poor. Globally, they also suffer higher rates of landlessness,
malnutrition and internal displacement than other groups.
Indigenous Peoples’ rights are laid out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, adopted in 2007."
Via Muse, who wrote "This article is amazing! I’m wondering if they covered
peoples such as the Cherokee, Inuit, Sami, and Koori in previous years."
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