Members of the Human Rights Network of the International Association of Methodist Scholls, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) scheduled a meeting for June 16 to discuss a series of activities and events they have planned for 2022 and 2023. These events include a Conference on Sustainability (London, UK) in June 2022, a regular meeting of the network (virtual) in August 2022, and the International Seminar (Stockholm, Sweden) in September 2022. The plan is to build on each one of these events, culminating with the network’s participation in the Joint Conference held by IAMSCU and the Methodist Schools Network in the United Kingdom, which will be held at Kingswood School on April 23-May 2, 2023.
In discussing these plans, the IAMSCU Human Rights Network emphasized the importance of Indigenous Rights, especially in relation to two recent events: the brutal assassination of two activists working with Indigenous Peoples in the Brazilian Amazon, the indigenist Bruno Pereira and the British journalist Dom Phillips; and the processes related to the conciliation of the Sami People with the governments of countries occupying their lands in the sub-Arctic region, especially in Scandinavia. The IAMSCU Human Rights Network
Is considering to issue a statement about these cases, which could be important in terms of pressing the various governments to do something about the investigations and the situation of Indigenous Peoples, Traditional Populations, and their lands. As the group discusses these issues, the theme of “Indigenous Rights” is becoming one of the important priorities in the work of its members.