Archive for July, 2012

The OLYMPIC endednering Indigenous Peoples’ Self-Determinism

Indigenous boxer Damien Hooper has apologised after breaching Olympic rules for wearing a T-shirt featuring the Aboriginal flag into his first London fight. The 20-year-old from Queensland wore the shirt as he walked into the ring for his bout against America’s Marcus Browne.

Hooper won the round of 32 fight 13-11 and said afterwards that the shirt inspired him.

AOC spokesman Damian Kelly says Hooper has apologised and will not be wearing the flag shirt again in London.He says the IOC will be looking into the incident in due course.

“The Australian Olympic Committee is certainly counselling Damien and he has already agreed that he will not be wearing that shirt again during this competition,” Kelly said.”He was very remorseful afterwards in regards to the interest it has caused. He was not aware of the damage or the potential damage that could cause by wearing the shirt.”He apologised to the team and he vowed not to wear the shirt again.”It is understood the flag shirt breaches rule 50 of the Olympic charter.The rule bans demonstrations or political, religious or racial propaganda at any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.

Read more:  HERE


Community Protocols Website

Protocols developed by Indigenous peoples or mobile or local communities (“community protocols”) are gaining recognition as a useful means by which a range of peoples and communities can engage with others according to their values, and on the basis of customary, national and international rights and responsibilities.

This website is intended for Indigenous peoples, mobile and local communities, their community-based and non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies, and researchers, among others, to:

  • Provide information about community protocols,
  • Share good practice about the development and use of community protocols,
  • Highlight the questions that peoples and communities are raising about community protocols,
  • Provide a range of resources relevant for the development and use of community protocols, and
  • Act as a clearing house for protocols developed by Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Read more:  HERE.


By: Galus Athoi

Tribunal Tanah sepertimana Tribunal Tanah Waitangi, New Zealand adalah antara jalan terbaik untuk keselamatan dan penyelesaian konflik pemilikan Tanah Adat NCR.Tribunal Tanah juga telah dicadang untuk ditubuhkan oleh Hakim Besar Sabah dan Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjun… Namun, setakat ini pihak Kerajaan Negeri Sabah telah menyatakan bahawa Tribunal Tanah belum perlu lagi…Proses pengiktirafan/pemberi-milikan tanah adat kini banyak tertangguh di Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur Daerah atau di meja Penolong Pemungut Hasil Tanah PPHT. Menurut kebiasaan, proses penuntutan tanah adat mesti bermula dari PPHT, kemudian rayuan di Pengarah Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur dan seterusnya Kajian Kehakiman di Mahkamah Tinggi. Jika proses ini tidak diikuti, kemungkinan kes tersebut ditolak d mahkamah.Tribunal Tanah! ke arah pentadbiran dan pengurusan tanah yang telus dan adil untuk semua.

Article 8(j) – Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices

Article 8(j) states – Each contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate:

Subject to national legislation, respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and promote their wider application with the approval and involvement of the holders of such knowledge, innovations and practices and encourage the equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of such knowledge innovations and practices.

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REDD And Indigenous Peoples

Why Is It Important For Indigenous Peoples To Know About REDD?

REDD is being implemented in developing countries in the tropics and sub-tropics. These forests have been inhabited by indigenous peoples since hundreds if not thousands of years. They have used, managed and shaped these forests in different ways. Rather than destroying these forests, traditional land use and management practices have lead to a more diverse landscape, and thus to an increase in biodiversity. REDD aims at supporting forest conservation, and enormous amounts of money will be made available for that in industrialized countries. Even though we may agree that forest conservation is in the interest of everybody, and certainly in the interest of indigenous communities who depend on forests for their livelihood, we can expect, as we will see below, that these programs can also have a severe negative impact on indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples all over the world have become increasingly concerned about REDD since their experiences in the past have shown that governments and the private companies often refuse to recognize their rights and interests in forest policies and programs. But there may also be new opportunities that may benefit indigenous communities. The positions on of indigenous organizations on REDD differ. Some groups vehemently oppose the idea of treating forests mainly as a carbon storage, and they reject any form of forest carbon trading. Others accept that there could be benefits, and demand that indigenous peoples’ positions are included in international and national processes. In any case, for indigenous communities at the local level it is important to know what REDD is all about, what the possible advantages and what the expected negative impacts are, so that they are prepared and can negotiate and defend their rights in case REDD programs are targeting their land and territories.

Read more: HERE.

Negara Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak

By: Atama Katama, original Link:click here

I’d like to thank the ignorance of MP Rahman Dahlan for pissing me off with his statement yesterday, which he said “Sabah and Sarawak joined the Federation as the 12th and 13th States of Malaysia”. This has led me to research timelines to debunk & prove his trickery. Whats best is I have stumbled upon something else rather interesting.


If you have studied the Constitution, you will know that original ARTICLE 1 of • Index (A) does not match with the imbecile said. There is still no connection of his statement even in • Index (B). It is only in • Index (C) that his statement has a match. His statement is misleading and is totally bullshit.

• Index (A) – Original Version 1963


The Colonies of north Borneo & Sarawak and the State of Singapore shall be federated withe the existing States of the Federation of Malaya as the States of Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore in accordance with the constitutional instruments annexed to this Agreement and the Federation thereafter will be called “Malaysia”.

• Index (B) – Before 27th August 1976 (ACTA354):-


The States of the Federation shall be –

(a) the States of Malaya, namely, Johore, Kedah, Kelanta, Malacca, Negeri, Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu;

(b) the Borneo States, namely, Sabah and Sarawak; and

(c) the State of Singapore

• Index (C) – After 27th August 1976 (ACTA354):-


(1) The Federation shall be known, in Malay and in English, by the name Malaysia.

(2) The States of the Federation shall be Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Trengganu.

(3) Subject to Clause (4), the territories of each of the States mentioned in Clause (2) are the territories comprised therein immediately before Malaysia Day.

(4) The territory of the State of Selangor shall exclude the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur established under the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1973 and the territory of the State of Sabah shall exclude the Federal Territory of Labuan established under the Constitution (Amendment) (no. 2) Act 1984, and both the said Federal Territories shall be territories of the Federation.


MP Rahman Dahlan statement is the most insulting and most ‘derhaka’ to every living Sabahan. This MP should be taught a lesson. An imbecile like him should be served the severest punishment by People Power.

I did mention earlier I stumbled upon something else rather interesting…

• The Double Six Crash, was a plane crash which took place on June 6, 1976 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In the afternoon following the accident, Deputy Chief Minister Harris Salleh was sworn in as the sixth Chief Minister of Sabah.

• On 27th August 1976 (41days after the tragedy) – ACT A354, Amendment of the Constitution was passed in Parliament (refer to • Index (C).

• Who was the CM of Sabah between 6th June 1976 to 27th August 1976 – the date that Parliament amended the Constitution to make Sabah a State of the Federation?

MP Rahman Dahlan, thanks to your loud mouth and rather tiny brain, we’ve all learned something about timelines.

The World’s Smallest Country – Vatican City or Holy See

The smallest country in the world and is located within a walled area of the Italian capital city of Rome. Its area is only about .17 square miles (.44 square km or 108 acres).

Vatican City has a population of about 800, none of whom are native permanent residents. Many more commute into the country for work. The Vatican City officially came into existence in 1929 after the Lateran Treaty with Italy. Its government type is considered ecclesiastical and its chief of state is the Catholic Pope. The Vatican City is not a member of the United Nations by its own choice.

via The World’s Smallest Country – Vatican City or Holy See.