In the Special Rapporteur’s report to the 70th session of the General Assembly framed her concerns in relation to international bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and investment protection chapters of multilateral and regional free trade agreements, collectively referred to as International Investment Agreements (IIAs).
The report pointed to issues in the current system of IIAs and made a series of recommendations in relation to how they could be addressed to ensure respect for the rights of indigenous peoples.
Building on these recommendations within the framework of her ongoing work in the area of IIAs, the Special Rapporteur laid out her plans to send questionnaires to Member States, indigenous peoples and their organizations and civil society organizations to gain further insight into the issue. The answers to the questionnaires will be invaluable resources to feed into her upcoming thematic reports.
The questionnaire for States, Civil Society Organizations and Indigenous Peoples should preferably be completed in English or Spanish. Responses to the questionnaire should be addressed to the Special Rapporteur, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 May 2016.
Alternatively, for States that wish to follow up with a face to face meeting, the Special Rapporteur will be available to meet in New York on the 9, 10, 11 or 20 May 2016. For Indigenous Peoples who may wish to discuss this issue further during the Permanent Forum in New York, please request a meeting on the 16, 17 and 19 May 2016. Please submit all such queries to email@example.com by 5 May 2016.
Kindly indicate whether you have any objection for the responses provided to be made available on the OHCHR website of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: http://ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/SRIndigenousPeoples/Pages/SRIPeoplesIndex.aspx
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