Pavel Sulyandziga

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Pavel Sulyandziga

Pavel Vasilievich Sulyandziga (Russian: Павел Васильевич Суляндзига born 20 February 1962 in Olon, Pozharsky District, Primorsky Kray) is a Russian indigenous rights activist of Udege nationality. He is a member of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises,[1] tasked with the dissemination of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and a former member of the Public Chamber of Russia[2]

Until 2010, he was the first vice-president of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues[3]

Sulyandziga's home region is the Bikin River valley, located in close proximity to the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve, which was designated UNESCO World Heritage in 2001. The Bikin valley is covered with dense forest and constitutes an important habitat for the Amur tiger.[4] During the late 1980s, Pavel Sulyandziga lived in the village of Krasny Yar, where he was successful in mobilizing the population against the administration's plans to grant timber harvesting licenses to a Soviet-Korean joint venture led by Hyundai. Since then, he has remained one of the most outspoken indigenous rights activists in the Russian Federation.[5]


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  5. ^ "Павлу Васильевичу Суляндзига 50 лет". RAIPON. 20 February 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.