Draft law on an indigenous peoples register up for public discussion
The regulation.gov.ru website reserved for public discussions has published the draft federal law On Amendments to the Federal Law On the Guarantees of Rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Federation, the website of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East reports. The amendments concern creating a register of indigenous peoples leading a traditional lifestyle and engaging in traditional economic pursuits.
According to the drafters, the law will provide for transparency and objectiveness in situations when rendering socio-economic support for indigenous peoples is under consideration, including implementation of their right to priority access to resources. The website reminds visitors that a number of Russian regions have kept, and successfully, such registers or databases with the aim of registering members of indigenous peoples, including those following a traditional way of life.
The amendments to the Federal Law On the Guarantees of Rights of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian Federation No. 82-FZ of April 30, 1999 were drafted by the Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs jointly with the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.