In the southern Philippine town of Tampakan, the B’laan people are waging a war against large-scale gold and copper mining.
Some things I discovered while reading up on the West Papuan situation. I could not but shout “Merdeka!” afterwards.
Trump is a racist and a bigot, and his statements and actions against Native Americans in the US show it.
Read on to know why, for national minorities in the Philippines, there is still a long way to go in achieving self determination.
Ours, too, is a country with a police force that would rather defend the insignia of a foreign country than uphold its vow to serve and protect the Filipino people.
Indigenous Peoples are marching in protest in the Philippines, and here’s why.
The Indonesian government, it seems, does not give up quite so easily.
Simply put, the right to self determination is the right of nations or peoples to freely determine their own political status with no foreign interference. Nations and peoples, by virtue of this right, are free to choose how they will be governed and who will govern them. They, and they alone, will determine how to allocate the resources within their defined territories. In exercising the right to self determination, intervention by foreign political powers is not necessary. What is far more important is for the nation or people exercising this right to be firm in wanting to exercise this right.