Indigenous Rights


Taiwan Affirms Indigenous Rights in Landmark Amendment To Mining Act

Bryan Chou

Activists call the passage of the amendment a “key step” to reforming the mining sector.


CAMBODIA: Gold Mining Blamed for Mass Poisonings Despite Official Denials


Dangerous, lightly regulated gold mining may be the culprit in the poisoning of hundreds of Cambodians. Prime Minister Hun Sen has dismissed the allegations while handing out new mining contracts to international companies.


Asia Cement: Following Rules or Pit Mining Human Rights?

Jeffrey Warner

Asia Cement's permit to mine on indigenous land was renewed in double quick time, leading to mass protests and opening debate over how Taiwan's government allows big business to ride roughshod over civil rights.


Questioning Tsai's Sincerity over Indigenous Land Rights

Scott Simon

'Only time will tell if the DPP government is merely cultivating its own local supporters, or is sincere about recognizing indigenous sovereignty,' writes Simon Scott.


(Re)Naming Yourself in Asia and Beyond

Jules Quartly

The millennial obsession with multiple online identities is balanced by the fact that 'real' names still mean something.


Taiwan's Indigenous People Win Back Hunting Rights

Central News Agency

In a win for Taiwan's indigenous people, wild animals may be caught as food for the hunters and their families or for sharing with others.


Airline’s Indigenous Name Bungle Reveals Taiwanese ‘Ignorance’

Kuan Chen

'When I go to Starbucks and order my drink with my indigenous name, the staff ask me politely if they are not sure how to pronounce my name. That’s called respect.”


Betrayal and Pain in Taiwan’s Indigenous Rights Battle

Jules Quartly

Taiwan’s indigenous people are on the cusp of winning hard-won land and rights, but not everyone is celebrating.


How Taiwan’s Authoritarian History Could Affect its Current Geopolitics

Mark Harrison

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people.


My Party or My People? Indigenous Legislator on the Fight for Self-Determination in Taiwan

Edward White

Taiwan looks set to open the door for its indigenous people to achieve some degree of autonomy. Will the rest of the population accept it?

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