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Tasmania – After a long journey, World Heritage Area delivers Indigenous rights


Lee, E and Hamilton, F, Tasmania - After a long journey, World Heritage Area delivers Indigenous rights, ICCA Consortium Newsletter, ICCA Consortium, 12, pp. 19-22. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Our peoples, Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples, have suffered global injustice as a genocide group. The ferocity and intensity of our colonisation was such that Raphaël Lempkin used our experience to help define his 1940’s neologism ‘genocide’ and the terms of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Curthoys 2005; Van Der Wilt et al. 2012). Although we are survivors of genocide, our continued existence as Indigenous peoples had not been guaranteed or enshrined within Australian legislation. A lack of certainty over our legislated existence has meant that the management of Tasmania’s protected areas has been one of exclusion for our peoples. This has been particularly evident in our precious TWWHA country, the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The TWWHA country covers one-fifth of the Tasmanian land mass, or approximately 1.8 million hectares (DPIPWE 2014). In 1982, it was one of the first properties to be listed as a mixed natural-cultural WHA. This culturally rich country fulfils seven of the WHA criteria and is only matched by Mt Taishan in China as possessing the most numerous Outstanding Universal Values (OUVs) (Lee 2015).

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Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Aboriginal, world heritage area
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Heritage, archive and museum studies
Research Field:Heritage and cultural conservation
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
UTAS Author:Lee, E (Dr Emma Lee)
ID Code:113906
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-01-26
Last Modified:2017-04-11
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