Decolonising Humanitarian Protection? Survival vs. Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exclusion from Australia, our history books, our flag, anthem and for many years our democracy can never be undone—and the damage it has done cannot be reversed. What can be done, alongside efforts in health, education and employment, are practices of inclusion. The culture, population and environment of Australia have all changed significantly since colonisation and these ceremonies can seem strange or meaningless to some. However, all areas of Australia have or had tr

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Date & time

Tuesday 03 March 2020


Hedley Bull Building
ANU Canberra


Ms Uchacha Chak; Dr Rupananda Roy; Ms Ena Tripura


Ruji Auethavornpipat

Organisers: Bina D’Costa, Ruji Auethavornpipat, and Jennifer Canfield

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10:00 - 12:00 Roundtable Discussion

Location: Hedley Bull Seminar 3

Speakers: Ms Uchacha Chak, Dr Rupananda Roy, Ms Ena Tripura,

Rights of Indigenous Peoples

How have the Bangladeshi government and the international community responded to the rights of Indigenous peoples? What is the overall protection landscape in the Chittagong Division? What are the challenges and opportunities in the protection? How are land rights violated and (re)negotiated? How does the protection of women intersect with the protection of the Indigenous population?

12:00-2:00 Brown bag lunch discussion (BYO)

Location: APCD Boardroom, Hedley Bull Building Level 2

Speakers: Ms Uchacha Chak, Dr Rupananda Roy, Ms Ena Tripura

Decolonising Practices in Protecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

What does it mean to decolonise practices of protection? What are the factors that either facilitate or constrain the protection of Indigenous rights? Has the framing of rights changed over time? How so? What roles do transnational advocacy and the international framework such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples play in changing rights protection landscape? What are the successes and failures?

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