PRIVATE LAND SPAT:Aboriginal rights advocates pounded on an outside fence throughout a news conference held by the Council of Indigenous Peoples minister
Date: Jul 25, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod ruled out adjustments to
controversial delineation guidelines for traditional Aboriginal areas, even as advocates contended that the Presidential Office’s Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Commission’s views on the issue have been stifled.
“Traditional areas are complete, but our legal empowerment is only partial,” he said, citing controversial language in the 21st Article of the Indigenous Peoples Basic Act (原住民族基本法).
The article addresses notification and consent rights for Aboriginal peoples in their traditional areas, stipulating that the rights apply to “Aboriginal land or villages and surrounding public land.”
“The next step would be passing an Aboriginal land and sea area law based on Article 20 to address the issue of private land,” he said, adding only that there was a need for “full discussion” when asked when a bill would be proposed. [FULL STORY]