With secure land tenure, Indigenous Peoples and local communities can realize human rights, achieve economic growth, protect the environment, and maintain cultural integrity. For centuries, Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) have used, managed and depended on collectively-held land for food supplies, cultural and spiritual traditions, and other livelihood needs. Historically governed through customary tenure systems rooted in community norms and practices that often go back centuries, governments often consider such community land as vacant, idle, or state-owned property. Statutory recognition and protection of indigenous and community land rights continues to be a major challenge.
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KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah opposition leader has accused the current Sabah government of misleading the people on the issue of communal titles which the state had claimed will be abolished soon.
Sook assemblyman Ellron Angin said in place of the state-planned communal titles, the Sabah government had promised to issue individual titles for the natives.
However, he noticed the individual titles promised by the new administration are almost identical to the communal titles issued by the previous government.
Chile's President Sebastián Piñera has promised a thorough investigation after a young indigenous man was fatally shot by police.
The incident on Wednesday sparked protests in an area in the country's south, which is marked by tensions over land ownership.
Police said Camilo Catrillanca, 24, was accidentally shot in the head during an operation against local car thieves.
Mr Catrillanca was a grandson of a Mapuche indigenous leader.