2021 World Indigenous Peoples Day: Reviewing the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Land insecurity of indigenous peoples is a major concern in the Landcam project.
On the occasion of the International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated this year under the theme "Leave No One Behind: Indigenous Peoples and the Call for a New Social Contract", IPs' representatives reiterated that they are a rich resource due to the traditional and cultural knowledges they possess, but they are seriously struggling to access land, they face climate change and it that affects their livelihood, and they are facing conflicts with Bantu communities.
They expressed themselves during a press conference organised to present to the media an assessment of the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since it was signed by the State of Cameroon in 2007, and to draw the attention of the various stakeholders to the emergency of recognising the rights of indigenous forest peoples as a specific group.
They believe that the state should make more efforts to recognise them as a distinct group and ensure their sustainability by promoting their access to the land and resources. IPs are informally recognized and ask to respect their general rights, and to recognize their specific rights that would allow them to safeguard their identity and cultural heritage.