Radio Airwaves Spread Information on Indigenous Rights!
Cultural Survival just released its second CD of Indigenous rights radio programs entitled Free, Prior, and Informed Consent and Other Indigenous Rights. Containing over 50 PSAs and short programs based on internationally recognized rights and interviews with Indigenous individuals from regions ranging from South America to southeast Asia to the Arctic, the CD features Indigenous leaders, from youth to elders, men and women, recounting ideas, challenges, and projects regarding defense of land, food sovereignty, women’s rights, language revitalization, education, community radio, and more.
Translations into several Indigenous languages make our programs accessible to speakers of those languages and give other listeners a taste of the richness and diversity of Indigenous languages worldwide.
This CD is the second in a set, which began in 2013 with the release of our first CD on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. That CD was just one component of the major new initiative we launched in 2013 on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), promoting one of the key rights spelled out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
According to the Declaration, Indigenous communities have the right to give or withhold their consent when development projects threaten their human rights, land or culture. Unfortunately, the international documents that affirm these rights are not widely known or understood within many Indigenous communities, particularly in more isolated areas. People who are not informed about their rights cannot organize themselves to claim them. Many Indigenous communities struggle when confronted with development projects, often leading to serious conflicts and human rights abuses.
Our program is designed to build informed and organized Indigenous communities through community radio and community exchanges. The goal of the project is to build broad community awareness of Free, Prior and Informed Consent through community radio, while simultaneously facilitating development of relationships, networks, and strategies among community leaders through community exchanges to support organizing for implementation of FPIC.
Many of the programs featured on our latest CD were developed through conversations and connections made in these community exchanges.
Visit consent.cs.org to listen to our programs in English and several Indigenous languages.
Visita consentimiento.cs.org para escuchar nuestros programas en español y varios idiomas indígenas.
For our next round of programs, we are seeking to interview Indigenous delegates attending the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York from May 12-23 on solutions and success stories they have to share.
Has your community or organization had success with a grassroots project? Have you improved women’s participation, successfully rejected an exploitative project, revitalized your language, or implemented another project to the benefit of your community? Would you like to support other Indigenous communities facing similar challenges?
Want to participate? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.