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Understanding Human Rights: Barriers in Understanding and Communication between the Wanniyala-Aetto of Sri Lanka and the International Community

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If the Wanniyala-Aetto are going to survive as a culture they need to have the selfconfidence to speak out on their own, even in the presence of what they have been made to believe are 'more advanced' people (Singhalese, Tamils, people of the North). This can be achieved if they learn to critically examine government statements and legal documents. They need to establish an extensive network with UN bodies, human rights fora, indigenous NGOs and funding agencies. To gain this knowledge they need to find financial resources, excel at school and advance to higher education, maybe abroad such as in old 'Mother Country England'. Human rights and capacity building on indigenous issues is not on the agenda in Sri Lanka.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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  • Nomadic Peoples is an international journal published by the White Horse Press for the Commission on Nomadic Peoples, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Its primary concerns are the current circumstances of all nomadic peoples around the world and their prospects. Its readership includes all those interested in nomadic peoples, scholars, researchers, planners and project administrators.
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