Indigenous Cultures in Indonesia Today

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Indigenous Cultures of Indonesia Today
Erlangga Rajendra
Geography 1500
Dr. Moshe Rapaport
Indigenous Cultures of Indonesia Today
The Republic of Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation, with a population of 203 million people living on around a thousand permanently occupied islands. The population is constituted by some 200-300 ethnic groups each speaking their own language and dialects. The Indonesian national culture is multicultural and is anchored on the older societies and interethnic relations. The national culture was developed by those who fought the Dutch colonialists in the 21st century. During this period, there were cultural stresses that the colonialists like the Dutch, the Portuguese and others brought to the indigenous people. The national culture is built having its, historical roots, institutions, values, beliefs and customs that were shared by many of the indigenous people. It is still being improved in the 21st century making it undergo certain stresses. This paper seeks to analyze to what extent corporate interest can be held responsible for the disappearance of native cultures (Countries and Their Cultures , 2012).
The extent to which corporate interest can be held responsible is a dilemma that needs to assess the risks and benefits to a community. The basic principle of universality, equality and non-discrimination entitles the indigenous people to full range of rights that constitute the international law. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reports state that specific collective rights of indigenous people need to be recognized. The collective rights comprise of the right to their lands, territories, resources, to maintain their cultures, to self-government, recognition of their unique identities and to give their consent in decisions that may affect these rights (Human Rights and Business…...

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