Torres Strait islanders win ocean rights

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Sydney, Australie: des guerriers Saibai des îles du Détroit de Torrès montrent une danse traditionnelle. AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD

After a nine-year legal battle, indigenous tribes have secured native title rights over a vast tract of ocean north of Australia.

It is the largest native title sea claim in the country’s history – covering 40,000 square kilometres of ocean – and formally recognises the Torres Strait islanders’ spiritual ties to the sea.

The Torres Strait sits between Australia’s northern tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea, and consists of more than 250 islands, most of which are recognised as part of the Australian state of Queensland.


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