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SIL Electronic Working Papers 1999-004

The indigenous peoples’ rights act ’A triumph of political will’

Author  Headland, Thomas N.
Abstract 

On December 8, 1998, the Philippine Ambassador to the United States hosted a special afternoon symposium at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, at which Thomas Headland was the plenary speaker. An abridged version of the text of his address is presented. Headland’s main message was a warning to the Philippine leaders of the environmental crisis looming in that nation, and a plea to the Philippine government to maintain the momentum they gained in 1997 with the passage of Republic Act 8371, called the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act. The Philippine Ambassador hosted this event. The audience included representatives from the World Bank, USAID, the Peace Corps, the Smithsonian Institution, environmental NGOs, diplomats from other embassies, human rights lawyers, and anthropologists. Headland’s address was reported in the Anthropology Newsletter (1999) and in ASAA (1999).

  The indigenous peoples’ rights act ’A triumph of political will’
Published  1999
Language  Agta, Casiguran Dumagat [dgc]
Country  Philippines
Subject  Community development
Keywords  human rights; Indigenous Peoples Rights Act; environment; Community development