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Indigenous Peoples: legal resources: Middle East

Subjects: Law - Foreign Law

Journals and articles

The Bodleian Law Library has some journals that include relevant articles on indigneous peoples of the Middle East:

The Palestine Yearbook of International Law: shelfmark Internat 300 P10

International Journal on Minority and Group Rights: shelfmark General 300 I124.6 (see vol. 13 (2006) Also available online to holders of an Oxford SSO.

See below for links to useful articles

Indigenous peoples of the Middle East

The indigenous peoples of the Middle East, identified by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), include several groups. The Marsh Dwellers (Arabs) continue to live in the marshlands of Southern Iraq, but their numbers have decreased hugely in the past ten years, as high numbers were persecuted by the Saddam Hussain regime. They still suffer prejudice, and there is no legislation in place to support them. The Jahalin Bedouin of West Bank (Palestine) live in rural areas around Bethlehem and Jerusalem, an area now identified as Occupied Palestinian Territory. They are a displaced people, and their makeshift villages are continually moved and destroyed. The Arab-Bedouins of the Negev desert in Israel are another group of indigenous peoples. Half of these people live in villages unrecognised by the state and are not served by any amenities, whilst other communities live in government-planned towns. Assyrian peoples are also indigenous to areas which are now parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. They have suffered in history due to numerous events, most recently as a result of the Iraq war.  Unlike many other indigenous peoples of the world, these groups in the Middle East remain unrecognised and unsupported by their own countries or international law, in an area of unresolved conflict.

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