2006 Oak Fellow Joan Umaming Carling

Joan Umaming Carling is a human rights activist who lost two colleagues from her organization, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), to assassination this summer and is herself a target of political violence. She arrived at Colby this August to spend the fall semester as the 2006 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby’s Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. A member of the indigenous Kankanaey tribe from the mountainous north of the Philippines and an activist since her college days, Carling currently heads the CPA, a grassroots organization that advocates for indigenous peoples’ rights in the Cordillera region of her country and around the world.

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