Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an Indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. A social development consultant, Indigenous activist, civic leader, human rights expert, public servant, and an advocate of women’s rights in the Philippines, she is the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010).
She is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education) and is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson- rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations among many other high profile credits to her name.
“There is still a long way to go before Indigenous peoples’ rights are effectively respected, protected and fulfilled. In this era, when many of the world’s remaining natural resources are largely found in Indigenous peoples’ territories, there are increasing violations of their basic rights to lands, territories and resources and to self- determination and participation. This need not be the case. Achieving sustainable development cannot be delinked from the need to respect and protect the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous peoples.”
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