Indigenous rights under neoliberal regimes in India and Brazil

Authors: Neha Kohli*, University of Florida, Aline Carrara, University of Florida
Topics: Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: Indigenous, Rights, Brazil, India
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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International human rights instruments and neoliberalism have both had a bearing on indigenous rights across countries that have intended to or have undergone the process of decolonization. Through this paper we try to trace how legal instruments have evolved over time and how they have been articulated for the realization of indigenous rights under neoliberal regimes in the tropical rainforests of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India and the Amazon in Brazil. The purpose of the paper is to understand how environmental justice and indigeneity compare in areas where indigenous peoples face similar development challenges. A systematic desk review is used to create a timeline of judicial policies and instruments relevant to indigenous rights, and a literature review is used to guide the understanding of indigeneity and environmental justice in the two settings.

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