NIPF recommends setting up committee for indigenous people

Dimapur, August 9 (MExN): On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, the Nagaland Indigenous People’s Forum (NIPF) has recommended the establishment of a high power committee to study and implement policies to check atrocities and challenges faced by indigenous people who are “facing racism, genocide, serial rape, torture and threat of extinction.”

“The committee’s report should be submitted to the Government of India for protection of our land, our culture, reservation on government jobs,” NIPF President P Pius Lotha said in a press release.

The forum also appealed to indigenous peoples across the northeast region to “introspect the needs of the diminishing group of indigenous people as to how protection and safeguard can be extended to enhance peaceful livelihood of indigenous people...”

It further called for concerted efforts of all the NEIPF members to ensure that indigenous people are not ‘marginalized or taken advantage of’ by “new settlers.”