Category Archives: Opinions

En Guatemala, las ‘violaciones burdas’ a los derechos indígenas son ‘la punta del iceberg’, dice la relatora de la ONU

By | 10 May, 2018

“Hay racismo y discriminación estructurales que aún imperan en temas de educación, salud, acceso a justicia, y el poder está muy concentrado, tanto en términos económicos como políticos, en manos ladinas”, dijo Tauli-Corpuz, en referencia al término utilizado en Centroamérica para personas no indígenas. Y el caso de Chuub “es apenas la punta del iceberg: debajo… Read More »

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She Stands Up to Power. Now, She’s Afraid to Go Home

By | 3 May, 2018

By Somini Sengupta (*)May 3, 2018 Source: New York Times. UNITED NATIONS — Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is a tiny woman who’s used to standing up to power. A lifelong rights activist who is now the United Nations special rapporteur for the rights of indigenous peoples, her job is to hold governments accountable for violations. For years,… Read More »

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A silent war is being waged on Philippine indigenous communities

By | 29 March, 2018

A UN special rapporteur writes about being added to the government’s terror list Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Financial Times 29 March, 2018 When I learnt that the Philippine government had accused me of being a terrorist, my immediate reaction was to hug my grandkids, fearing for their safety. Then, I started to speak out. Again. I am… Read More »

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Pope Francis: Stand with the indigenous peoples of Peru and Chile -and of the world

By | 20 January, 2018

By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Pope’s visit allows these communities to have their voices heard and their struggle better understood. This week, Pope Francis will meet with indigenous peoples in Peru and Chile contending with poverty, conflict, discrimination, and environmental destruction. They hope the Pope, who has been… Read More »

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Presentation to the ICCA Consortium General Assembly 2017

By | 26 November, 2017

Presentation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the ICCA Consortium General Assembly 2017 Thank you for inviting me to speak in your General Assembly. I have to apologize, however, because I cannot be present with you today because ì am doing my country mission to Mexico. You asked me… Read More »

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More precious than gold: 10 years of indigenous land rights under the UN Declaration

By | 13 September, 2017

Signed 10 years ago, the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples marked a huge step forward – but its promise remains unfulfilled, says Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Ten years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. After personally witnessing decades of injustice for the world’s Indigenous Peoples, I… Read More »

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Don’t Forget: Our Forests Are Valuable and We Live There

By | 2 September, 2016

HONOLULU — Conservation organizations dedicated to protecting the world’s biodiversity hot spots often fail to take into account why the forests are still standing. Often, it is the indigenous people who have lived there since time immemorial who protected and preserved these lands. This is a crucial issue that the major conservation organizations must address… Read More »

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