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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Holistic Rights of the Indigene
 

 

The UN in recognizing the holistic aspect of the indigenous territories has also extended its recognition to the disinherited aboriginal peoples to own, develop, control and use part of their ancestral lands. Acceptance of the final draft of the Declaration calls for celebration. Its endorsement gives the aboriginal peoples a glimmer of hope. It restores confidence and dignity in them as part owners of their fatherland and masters of their own destiny. It renews the hope of the aboriginal people in rightfully regaining part of their fatherland. As the saying goes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Resurrection of this long awaited redress should be marked as a special day and be celebrated annually as a mark of triumph over injustice. It resembles the master who left the 99 sheep, went looking for the lost one and found it. Aboriginals need to have a recognised and respectable place in existing societies. They need to be accepted as full citizens to contribute to their country and share in running their affairs in harmony with the rest of the citizens as good and progressive subjects. Long experience has shown that band-aid solutions and “quick fix” do not heal deep wounds. Old scars are unpleasant reminders of the painful conditions under which the indigenous peoples have been living for hundreds of years. Long lasting resolutions is the right way to go. The United Nations Organisation needs to amend and introduce new international laws to be commensurate with their obligations. It needs to pressure undemocratic countries to reform their constitution in compliance with the UN directives; or else be suspended from participating in certain UN activities, lose their vote and indict their corrupt and unrepentant leaders.

Although tedious and wearisome, this uphill battle against those regimes that continue to discriminate against the aboriginal people will bring a sense of self-criticism and reproach to such cruel regimes. It will arouse in the majority a sense of responsibility for the unacceptable behaviour and maltreatment of the indigenous people. It is a move well founded. Reluctance to reach a compromise will expose those regimes to the international community and world at large. Since the land of the indigenous peoples was taken illegitimately - forcibly by the warmonger, through military invasions and conquests to increase their landmass or by manipulation and deception - the aboriginal people have every right to reclaim, if not all, at least part of their ancestral land.

Regardless of how long a period or strong a foreign power has been ruling the embattled indigenous people, it should reach a compromise for an enduring peace with them. The domineering belligerent government has intentionally forced itself on another people’s territory without their consent. By legal definition, it is a serious crime - a capital offence – a crime against humanity. Besides evacuating the usurped land, through constant killings, expulsion and dispersion, hundreds of thousands of Assyrian families - men, women and children - were killed, kidnapped, or died of starvation, sickness, infectious diseases, (mainly typhoid) and abandonment. The hostile government/s should also extend their apology for causing years of estrangement and suffering.

The Assyrians are not demanding a ‘pound of flesh.’ They are not seeking vengeance. They are asking back what is rightfully theirs: they want their land returned to them. They want to unshackle themselves from oriental foreign rule that they may live in freedom and with dignity, so that peace and stability might prevail in the region. The Muslim invaders should recognise Assyria, in northern Iraq (Mesopotamia) as Assyrian territory, and the Assyrian people as the traditional owners of the land. The Assyrians have suffered enough under the guise of the brutish rule of their so-called religious tolerance, equivocal determinism and culture cult. Let the spread of the (Da’awah) mission of their Beneficent and Merciful Allah reflect in their good deeds and benevolent actions, rather than by incitement, defamation, and incursion against peoples of other religions and cultures.

Living in peace enhances the economy of the country, bringing stability and prosperity to the whole region. To guarantee success of such an agreement, it needs to be concluded in good faith and sincerity with the concerned countries. Such agreements would be endorsed at the United Nations to become an historic moment of triumph and a landmark of recognition of human rights to the Assyrians, and as an example to all native inhabitants of the world.

 

 

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