Native People's Rights Violated In Name Of 'conservation': UN

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Native people's rights violated in name of 'conservation': UN

HONOLULU, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) - Some of the world's leading conservation groups are violating the rights of indigenous people by backing projects that oust them from their ancestral homes in the name of environmental preservation, a top UN expert said this week.

UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz's latest report documents killings, evictions and lands being used for resource extraction without native consent -- practices that affect millions of indigenous people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

"Projects supported by major conservation organizations continue to displace local peoples from their ancestral homes," said Tauli-Corpuz, who gave a series of talks on her findings at the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, the globe's largest gathering of conservation leaders.

While she refrained from naming Names in her report, she told AFP the groups include the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.