New laws uphold indigenous communities’ land rights
Feb 14, 2017MedicalComments Off on New laws uphold indigenous communities’ land rights
The Council of Indigenous Peoples has announced a new law on land planning and development for Taiwan's indigenous peoples.
Council head Icyang Parod said the new law marks a big step forward in clearly defining ownership of aboriginal land. The new law now defines aboriginal land as land specifically set aside for tribal rituals, shrines and cultural activities.
The new law also states that any individual or organization who wishes to use tribal land must ask for the tribe's agreement. This, Parod said, is an important step forward in upholding indigenous people's land ownership.