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The State of Indigenous Peoples

Published torsdag 11 februari 2010 kl 10.04
Some 20.000 Samis live in Sweden today

A damming report by the United Nations says the state of the world’s indigenous peoples may have seen some improvement in recent years but that the main problems facing them - poverty and health issues as well as lack of empowerment still remain major problems.

There are an estimated 400 million indigenous peoples spread across the world. They can be found in less developed nations in Africa, Asia and South America but also in highly industrialised countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as across Europe.

According to the UN Report on the State of Indigenous Peoples of the World, they all suffer disproportionately from higher rates of poverty, health problems, crime and human rights abuses.

Sweden also has its own indigenous people, the Samis, also found in the other Nordic countries as well as in Russia. The situation of the Samis in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region is cited as an example worthy of emulation. And leaders of the Sami community acknowledge their situation as compared with other indigenous peoples may be enviable, but that there is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to how the Samis are regarded and treated in Sweden and the rest of the Nordic region. Azariah Kiros reports.

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