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5 - Indigenous Self-determination Rights in Pakistan:a Socio-economic, Legal and Historical Analysis of Kalasha Mountain Tribe’s Struggles for Land Rights and Forest Ownership

Friday, July 6
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Marigold, New Building

This paper analyses the Kalasha struggles to ancestral land and forest ownership by examining socio-cultural, economic, legal and political history through the colonial period to present-day. The purpose is to argue that historically, the government of Pakistan successfully used Kalasha to promote foreign tourism, meanwhile, actively dispossessing this Indigenous tribe from their ancestral lands and cultural identity. Thus, Kalasha are increasingly facing dangers of extinction with cultural practices threatened; ancestral lands seized, and forest ownership denied. This paper advocates the Govt. of Pakistan to endorse the UN Declaration to Indigenous Peoples rights relating to self-determine their socio-cultural, economic, political development and have rights to self-autonomy. If the Kalasha are left to fend for themselves, with no legal protection and recognition of their right to self-determination, the possibility is that this unique tribe will soon disappear due to continuous land-grabbing and forceful religious conversions.

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