247 The Swedish Saami Rights Committee By Tore Ljungkvist* The Saami Rights Committee started its work in June 1983. It is a parlia- mentary committee appointed by the government, entrusted with four main issues. A primary concern of the Committee is to clarify the special needs which can be derived from the conditions of the Saami as an indigenous people. In this connection the Committee has among other things analysed international law in order to find out what rights the Saami may have as en indigenous people and as an ethnic and linguistic minority. Another main issue for the Committee is to investigate the possibilities of strengthening the legal position of the Saami concerning reindeer-breeding. The Committee has to investigate and analyse the conflicts between the Saami in- terest on one hand and other interests of national importance on the other, such as the exploitation of water power, forestry, mining, tourism etc. The Committee has furthermore to consider the needs for a special Saami parliament of the kind that has already been established in Finland and that the Norwegian Parliament has decided to establish in Norway. Finally the fourth main task for the Committee is to propose measures
Nordic Journal of International Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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