Tuesday, 9 August 2011

[creative-radio] Declaration for the International Day of the World's Indigenous People from World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC


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From: Marcelo Solervicens <secretariat@si.amarc.org>
Date: 9 August 2011 15:13
Subject: [Amarc-info-en] Declaration for the International Day of the
World's Indigenous People
To: Secretariat <secretariat@si.amarc.org>


*With apologies for any cross posting*

*Declaration for the International Day of the World's Indigenous People*
Rio de Janeiro, August 9th, 2011. Since 1994, on August 9th the
International Day of the World's Indigenous People is celebrated around the
world. The United Nations General Assembly marks this particular day to
raise awareness on the serious situation in which are living more than 500
millions of natives all over the world.

Several indigenous communities are claiming their land right and are
persecuted because of their claims, just as their right to use their own
language is prohibited, just as their right to access in equitable
conditions to a community radio station, and they are not heard. Indigenous
peoples constitute the poorest and powerless parts of the world population
in this globalized era.

In the world we are living in, the claim to culture as part of the identity
requires deliberative spaces and media that permit the survival of the
values that characterize each community and culture. It is the same for the
effective recognition of the condition of the peoples and the right to
self-determination, which make possible the true exercise of citizenship for
indigenous peoples.

We demand the respect without restriction of the integrity and life of the
native peoples that fight for their land right, a fundamental right for
those cultures that represent values and development forms integrated and
interconnected with the land.

It is for those reasons that the World Association of Community Radio
Broadcasters (AMARC) considers of its duty to express the fact that no
recognition of the dignity of indigenous peoples in any part of the world
will be complete, if it is not accompanied with the full exercise of
cultural sovereignty that gives the full rights to participate in the public

This makes indispensable to count on community media as participative spaces
for those who, because of their ethnicity, are frequently marginalized and
denigrated. They have an urgent need of communication spaces that permit the
defense of the identity and promote ways of living specific to ancestral
communities historically marginalized.

It is in this context that AMARC asks governments to include indigenous
peoples as social actors in the media systems, recognizing their autonomy
and their fights for the defense of their rights that are spreading in every
region of the world. AMARC praises also the thousands of radio stations
that, on every continent, emphasize a communication that give place to the
expression of the cultural diversity that they represent.

We also praise community radio broadcasters that are part of the everyday
life of indigenous peoples and communities and work for their complete

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network
of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media
stakeholders in more than 115 countries. The main global impact of AMARC
since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the
establishment of a world wide community radio sector that has democratized
the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the
international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and
promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity,
networking and Cooperation.

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