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Orang Asli children slapped for not reciting doa

A group of parents have lodged police reports against a teacher at SK Bihai in Pos Bihai, near Gua Musang in Kelantan, for slapping their children because they did not recite the doa (Islamic prayer) after having their lunch.

One of the parents, Atar Pedik, said his two 12-year-old girls were slapped about 1.30pm on Tuesday, after the children were made to recite the doa even though they are not Muslims. 

“I was angry when I learnt what happened to my daughters,” Atar said when contacted. 

Atar, along with two other fathers - Hassan Achoi and Along Pandak - whose 12-year-old daughters were also slapped in the incident, made the three-hour journey from Pos Bihai to lodge their reports at the Gua Musang police station. 

Pos Bihai is located in the interior of Kelantan, near its border with Perak. 

A check with the Gua Musang police station confirmed that the reports were lodged. 

According to SK Bihai Parent-Teacher Association deputy chairperson Arom Asir, the children’s faces were bruised after they were slapped by the male teacher. 

Arom said that the primary school has at least 100 children, all of whom are Orang Asli, and the children were eating lunch together after sports. 

“They were made to recite prayers the Muslim way before and after meals but they didn’t know how, so they kept quiet.

“Then the teacher picked out the older children and slapped them for being quiet,” he said. 

Arom added that the parents did not know their children were being taught Islamic studies at the school or being made to recite Islamic prayers until earlier this week. 

“We then made a complaint on this to a Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) representative who came to visit us on Oct 23. Later that day, we found out that the children were slapped,” he said.

Agencies in the dark

The phone number listed for SK Bihai connects directly to the Education Department and an officer there who answered our call referred Malaysiakini to the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa). 

However, Jakoa when contacted said that it has received no report on the matter and that it was gathering information about it. 

Arom said the parents would also lodge a complaint on the matter with Jakoa. The community is now arranging to hold a dialogue on the incident among the parents, the Education Department, Jakoa and Suhakam on Oct 30. 

“We feel that parents should have been consulted if the children are to be imparted with Islamic teachings,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Orang Asli rights NGO Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM) in a press statement called on the relevant agencies to take stern action on the assault of the children. 

“Stern action should be taken against the teacher involved if he is guilty. 

“The relevant agencies should also investigate the claim that Orang Asli children are made to study a religion that is not their faith,” JKOASM said. 

It also called on the government to put greater efforts to improve the quality of education provided at schools in the interior regions, such as SK Bihai. 

“Our observations show that… teachers only teach two or three days in a week,” it said.

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Peru defies UN breakthrough on uncontacted tribes© Survival International
Peru’s government is ignoring new UN guidelines on the protection of uncontacted Indians in the Amazon.
Instead of backing the UN’s landmark report, which supports the tribes’ right to be left alone, Peru is allowing the country’s largest gas project to expand further into indigenous territories known to house numerous uncontacted Indians.
The new UN guidance makes clear that uncontacted tribes’ land should be untouchable, and that ‘no rights should be granted that involve the use of natural resources’.
The expansion plan adds to existing controversies around Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol and its notorious Camisea project in southeast Peru.
Past oil and gas exploration in Peru has resulted in violent and disastrous contact with isolated Indians.
In the early 1980s, Shell workers opened up paths into the uncontacted Nahua Indians’ land. Diseases soon wiped out half the tribe.
One surviving Nahua who lives close to Camisea’s developments said, ‘The company should not be here. All the time we hear helicopters. Our animals have left, there are no fish. For this, I don’t want the company. No! No company.’
Despite an electoral campaign that promised to respect indigenous rights, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has done little to guarantee the survival of indigenous peoples.
The Camisea consortium includes US-based Hunt Oil and Spain’s Repsol. Both have been accused of violating tribal peoples’ rights.
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The UN’s breakthrough report at last recognises the rights of uncontacted Indians. Peru needs to read it and respect those who wish to be left alone before entire tribes are lost forever.’

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Peru defies UN breakthrough on uncontacted tribes
© Survival International

Peru’s government is ignoring new UN guidelines on the protection of uncontacted Indians in the Amazon.

Instead of backing the UN’s landmark report, which supports the tribes’ right to be left alone, Peru is allowing the country’s largest gas project to expand further into indigenous territories known to house numerous uncontacted Indians.

The new UN guidance makes clear that uncontacted tribes’ land should be untouchable, and that ‘no rights should be granted that involve the use of natural resources’.

The expansion plan adds to existing controversies around Argentine gas giant Pluspetrol and its notorious Camisea project in southeast Peru.

Past oil and gas exploration in Peru has resulted in violent and disastrous contact with isolated Indians.

In the early 1980s, Shell workers opened up paths into the uncontacted Nahua Indians’ land. Diseases soon wiped out half the tribe.

One surviving Nahua who lives close to Camisea’s developments said, ‘The company should not be here. All the time we hear helicopters. Our animals have left, there are no fish. For this, I don’t want the company. No! No company.’

Despite an electoral campaign that promised to respect indigenous rights, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has done little to guarantee the survival of indigenous peoples.

The Camisea consortium includes US-based Hunt Oil and Spain’s Repsol. Both have been accused of violating tribal peoples’ rights.

Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The UN’s breakthrough report at last recognises the rights of uncontacted Indians. Peru needs to read it and respect those who wish to be left alone before entire tribes are lost forever.’

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A photo of Indigenous people of Brazil. These people are facing mass genocide. This week the spiritual leader of a tribe was shot several times and killed. The problem is said to be that ranch land owners want to take over Indigenous owned land, land that is protected by the government for these people. Yet the Brazilian Indians face poverty, high child birth death rates, among other issues. Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world. 

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A photo of Indigenous people of Brazil. These people are facing mass genocide. This week the spiritual leader of a tribe was shot several times and killed. The problem is said to be that ranch land owners want to take over Indigenous owned land, land that is protected by the government for these people. Yet the Brazilian Indians face poverty, high child birth death rates, among other issues. Brazil is the largest exporter of beef in the world. 

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© Survival International
Paraguay to hand over indigenous land
The Paraguayan government has this week signed an agreement with Enxet Indians to hand back 1,000 hectares of their ancestral land.
The decision comes after a long legal battle between the indigenous people and state before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).
The Enxet community of Kelyenmagategma in northern Paraguay has been fighting for its land for over a decade and has been subjected to a barrage of forced evictions, intimidation and violent threats.
After the case was brought before the IACHR the Enxet received 8,748 hectares of their ancestral land in August this year.
Under this week’s agreement the government should provide the community with new homes, health posts, schools and up to $500,000 for community projects.
Enxet leader Celso Benítez Zavala has welcomed the decision but warned he would remain vigilant to ensure the government keeps its promises, after ‘years of the state’s profound disinterest’.

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© Survival International

Paraguay to hand over indigenous land

The Paraguayan government has this week signed an agreement with Enxet Indians to hand back 1,000 hectares of their ancestral land.

The decision comes after a long legal battle between the indigenous people and state before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

The Enxet community of Kelyenmagategma in northern Paraguay has been fighting for its land for over a decade and has been subjected to a barrage of forced evictions, intimidation and violent threats.

After the case was brought before the IACHR the Enxet received 8,748 hectares of their ancestral land in August this year.

Under this week’s agreement the government should provide the community with new homes, health posts, schools and up to $500,000 for community projects.

Enxet leader Celso Benítez Zavala has welcomed the decision but warned he would remain vigilant to ensure the government keeps its promises, after ‘years of the state’s profound disinterest’.

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Today in my Health Disparities and Perspectives class we had a discussion on undocumented workers

moosedeevita:

I immediately was on edge since I’ve had to listen to the close minded, ignorant comments by the other students all semester, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by the hate that came pouring out.

One girl, in response to my comment that many immigrants come to this country not by choice but out of desperation from their home countries, looked right at me and said “Even if those people come here for those reasons, they shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. They should have to agree that the responsible thing for them is to not get pregnant.”

My mouth literally fell open for a minute because she was sitting less than 3 feet from me, staring right into my eyes, and saying that the children of undocumented workers don’t have the right to exist.

All these other students joined in the hate spewing, talking about how all “those people” don’t pay taxes and abuse the system and have babies just to get money and health care

When I pointed out that first there are plenty of US citizens that abuse the system they all brushed that aside and kept bringing up how they should have the right to tell other human beings whether they can have children or not.

When I brought up how their suggestions were basically eugenics I just got a bunch of blank stares.  

I gave a ton of examples of how many people I know who are either undocumented or the children of, and how the people I know work probably 10 times harder than anyone in that room and DO get taxes taken from their wages none of this made any impact

To think that me, a child of an undocumented worker, should not exist in these people’s minds because one of my parents had to leave his family and the only place he knew in a desperate search for work, is just disgusting.  I have worked since I was 10 years old, have made a taxable income since I was 14, have probably a much better gpa than most of those students and will hopefully go on to be a fully functioning part of society but NONE of that matters to them at all.

Ranting as always without a clear focus of what point I want to make other than how purely disgusted I am.

These people sat there telling me I didn’t deserve to exist, and they all stared me right in the face as they did it.

These are the people who will be taking care of you when you are sick in the hospitals, giving shots and taking blood from your children, and deciding how fast you get helped in the ER. These are the same types of people who left me in a back corner room of the hospital for HOURS unattended when my heart stopped after donating plasma because they knew they only needed to resuscitate me and that was it.  When my sister came to get me from the hospital she found me way in the back with an iv that was completely dry and a purple hand I’d been left back there so long

Somedays I just don’t know if I have the strength to constantly fight this system but then my anger spurs me forward.  

I really want to know what planet these people live on that they’re still spouting this bigoted bullshit that’s been debunked 2357843523865 times. I’m sorry you had to listen to them.

luzdemilcolores
We don’t believe in boundaries. Borders. Nothing like that. We are here thousands of years before the first whites. We are here before maps or quit claims. We know where we belong on this earth. We have always moved freely. North-south. East-west. We pay no attention to what isn’t real. Imaginary lines. Imaginary minutes and hours. Written law. We recognize none of that. And we carry a great many things back and forth. We don’t see any border. We have been here and this has continued thousands of years. We don’t stop. No one stops us.

Calabazas in Almanac of the Dead {Leslie Marmon Silko} (via tothewatersandthewild)

in an era rife with illusion, we need regular reminders of the difference between real and imaginary

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