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Constitutional Court Issues the Verdict that Article 2 of the Status Act For Indigenous Peoples Violates the Constitution: The Council of Indigenous Peoples Respects the Verdict of the Court

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  • Online Date:2022/12/22
  • Modification Time:2022/11/21 16:25:49
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On Oct. 28, the Constitutional Court issued the verdict (xianpanzi no. 17) that Article 2 of the Status Act For Indigenous Peoples violated the constitution. The Council of Indigenous Peoples indicated that it would respect the verdict of the court and would make changes to the act accordingly.

The Council of Indigenous Peoples stated that the Constitutional Court mandated that relevant agencies amend the Status Act For Indigenous Peoples or introduce new special acts within three years from the day of the verdict. The council demanded that laws be in place to govern matters such as criteria for identifying other indigenous peoples (including Austronesian peoples), the criteria for determining the identities of indigenous peoples, and related registration matters. The council noted that it would comply with the verdict of the court, promptly gather opinions from different domains, and amend the act or establish other special acts to properly handle the identities of indigenous peoples outside the mountains indigenous people and plain-land indigenous people groups (i.e., Austronesian peoples).