• Indigenous peoples in South Africa

    Indigenous peoples in South Africa

    South Africa has voted in favour of adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but has yet to ratify ILO Convention No. 169.
    The indigenous San and Khoekhoe peoples of South Africa were previously known as “coloured”. Now they are exercising their right to self-identification and identify themselves as San and Khoekhoe or Khoe-San.
  • People

    1 per cent of South Africa’s population said to be indigenous. 2 new bills related to indigenous peoples knowledge and leadership.
    The indigenous San and Khoekhoe peoples of South Africa were previously known as “coloured”. Now they are exercising their right to self-identification and identify themselves as San and Khoekhoe or Khoe-San.
  • Politics

    The Khoisan Revolution, a new political party, won one seat in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality in the Namakwa District, Northern Cape Province.
  • Rights

    South Africa has voted in favour of adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, but has yet to ratify ILO Convention No. 169.

Indigenous peoples' rights taught at South African University

The course which is the only university course on the issue of indigenous peoples in Africa was done in collaboration with the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities with the financial support of IWGIA and ILO. It was attended by more than 40 participants from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal and Indonesia, representing governmental institutions, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, academics and law students.

The lecturers were all well known experts on the topic and the Course touch upon subjects such as: -Recognition and identification of indigenous peoples: definitional and conceptual issues -The legal instrument on indigenous peoples rights - The African human rights system and the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities -The inter-American Commission human rights system and indigenous peoples’ rights -The ILO Conventions relevant to indigenous peoples -The UNDRIP -The UN mechanisms, the UN treaty bodies and UPR process and their relevance for indigenous peoples -UN discussion on business and human rights -Land environment and natural resources -Gender equality -Indigenous children and education -Self-determination, consultation and participation, and free prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples -The Endorois case as a practical illustration of vindicating the rights of indigenous peoples In addition the African Commission’s documentary film: “A Question of Justice - Indigenous Peoples Rights in Africa” was shown and discussed. The Course which has been conducted since 2011 is very appreciated by the participants and it should be repeated every year in September.

Tags: Global governance

About IWGIA

IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

Indigenous World

IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

Contact IWGIA

Prinsessegade 29 B, 3rd floor
DK 1422 Copenhagen
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 53 73 28 30
E-mail: iwgia@iwgia.org
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