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Lesle represents Jamma at the United Nations of Geneva

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Lesle Jansen represents Jamma International at the
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Lesle Jansen, recently spoke at the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in Geneva. She passionately advocated for the rights of indigenous communities in Africa. She emphasised the importance in engaging in traditional and economic activities, especially regarding fishing practices.

EMRIP holds a vital role in the global landscape, providing expert advice to the Human Rights Council on Indigenous Peoples' rights. Moreover, it plays a key role in supporting Member States in upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Here are a few words from Lesle herself: “Indigenous Peoples are deprived of the fundamental rights to practice their traditional occupations and pursue sustainable use of their resources. This undermines not only their right to food, but also their collective rights to self-determination, to lands, territories, and resources, and to culture, knowledge, and identity, among others.”

At Jamma, we take immense pride in supporting Lesle and her dedication to championing the rights of indigenous communities. As an organisation committed to fostering community-driven conservation, we firmly believe in empowering indigenous peoples and safeguarding their cultural heritage and way of life.

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