Sunday, 20 November 2011

Indigenous People on UNPA stamps - 2nd series

Indigenous people are the inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and way of relating to other people and to the environment.
The United Nations Postal Administration issued 18 commemorative the second set of stamps in a mini-sheet format of six stamps on the above theme, “ Indigenous people”, on 21 October 2010.

Top row (from left to right) :Parabolic Earrings/Thailand, Princess of Rurutu/French Polynesia, Baby Powder Flower Power/Papua New Guinea.
Bottom row (from left to right):Big Blue/French Polynesia, Crocodile Kid on Ski Beach/Australia, Uncle Max at the Smoke Ceremony/Australia.
Indigenous people around the world have sought recognition of their identities, their ways of life and their right to the traditional lands, territories and natural resources; yet throughout history, their right have been violated.

Top row (from left to right): Joan of Arc/Australia, Haji/Brunei, Onion Girl/United Republic of Tanzania.
Bottom row ( from left to right): Red Devil/ French of Polynesia, Goat Lady/United Republic of Tanzania, Wilson/French Polynesia.

More than 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries worldwide. While they are from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds, they share challenges such as lack of basic health care, limited access to education, loss of control over land, discrimination, forced assimilation, object poverty, displacement, human right violations and economic and social marginalization.

Top row (from left to right): Kahoa!/French Polynesia, Is It a Boy or Girl/United Republic of Tanzania, Bario Bowlcut/Malaysia.
Bottom row (from left to right): Red Ball Fruit/French Polynesia, Coca-cola Kid/Namibia, Red Soil/United Republic of Tanzania
Despite their cultural differences, the various groups of indigenous people around the world share common problems to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.The international community now recognizes the special measures to protect the right of the world’s indigenous peoples.
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