Monthly Archives: August 2018

ECUADOR. Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Ecuador 19 to 29 November 2018

By | 31 August, 2018

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is collecting information in preparation of her country visit to Ecuador scheduled to take place from 19 to 29 November 2018. In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the Special Rapporteur welcomes all relevant submissions that indigenous organisations and other stakeholders may wish to transmit… Read More »

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A global crisis is unfolding. A Letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By | 27 August, 2018

A global crisis is unfolding. The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a drastic increase in violence and legal harassment against Indigenous Peoples. I’ve been alerted to hundreds of cases of “criminalization” from nearly every corner of the world. These attacks—whether physical or legal—are an attempt to silence… Read More »

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The Philippines: UN experts urge further action to remove names on Government’s “terror list”

By | 20 August, 2018

GENEVA (20 August 2018) – UN human rights experts* have welcomed a ruling in the Philippines declaring that the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, is a non-party to the government’s recent petition which seeks to declare the New People’s Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines as “terrorist… Read More »

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The Indigenous Peoples, TRIPS & Biodiversity Convention

By | 20 August, 2018

By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz GENEVA (IDN-INPS) – International standards have come a long way in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and, indeed, even genetic resources. The adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992 finally did away with the concept of biological and genetic resources as the common heritage of… Read More »

Guatemala: Rise in attacks on human rights defenders is deeply concerning – say UN experts

By | 9 August, 2018

GENEVA (9 August 2018) – UN human rights experts* have raised alarm over the increase in killings, attacks and other acts of intimidation against human rights defenders in Guatemala, amid restrictive legislative and political attempts to curtail their work. Between 9 May and 27 July 2018, 11 defenders** who were working to protect various indigenous… Read More »

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States must act now to protect indigenous peoples during migration

By | 8 August, 2018

GENEVA/NEW YORK (7 August 2018) – States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts*. In a joint statement marking International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the rights of indigenous peoples are realised when… Read More »