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13
Jul
2017
Peru must halt oil talks until indigenous rights and contamination are taken into account – UN experts Print

logo-acnudhGENEVA (13 July 2017) – Peru must suspend negotiations for a new contract to exploit one of the country's most productive oil areas until the rights of local indigenous peoples are protected, two United Nations human rights experts have said.

The area, known as Lot or Block 192, lies in a remote section of the Amazon rainforest in Peru's Loreto region, near the border with Ecuador. A 30-year contract for future extraction rights is under negotiation.

The Special Rapporteurs on hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said they are making the call in the light of "grossly inadequate efforts" to provide remedies for previous widespread oil spills in the region.

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12
Jul
2017
Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

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Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tenth session, 12 July 2017
Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples

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15
Jun
2017
En Perú, expertos internacionales realizaron reunión sobre pueblos indígenas en aislamiento Print

aisladosSANTIAGO (15 de junio de 2017) – La Oficina para América del Sur del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH), junto a la Relatora Especial de la ONU sobre Pueblos Indígenas, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz; la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) y el Grupo Internacional de Trabajo sobre Asuntos Indígenas (IWGIA), realizaron una reunión de trabajo titulada "Normas de derecho internacional sobre los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas en aislamiento voluntario y en contacto inicial en la Amazonía y el Gran Chaco: revisión y propuestas para la acción". El encuentro tuvo lugar los días 8 y 9 de junio en Lima, Perú.

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08
Jun
2017
Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN and Inter-American experts warn Print

acnudhGENEVA / WASHINGTON DC (8 June 2017) – Three United Nations experts and a rapporteur from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have joined forces to denounce attacks on indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil.

"The rights of indigenous peoples and environmental rights are under attack in Brazil," said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, on human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and on the environment, John Knox, and the IACHR Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Francisco José Eguiguren Praeli.

Over the last 15 years, Brazil has seen the highest number of killings of environmental and land defenders of any country, the experts noted, up to an average of about one every week. Indigenous peoples are especially at risk.

"Against this backdrop, Brazil should be strengthening institutional and legal protection for indigenous peoples, as well as people of African heritage and other communities who depend on their ancestral territory for their material and cultural existence," the experts stated. "It is highly troubling that instead, Brazil is considering weakening those protections."

The experts highlighted proposed reforms to the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the body which supports indigenous peoples in the protection of their rights, and which has already had its funding severely reduced. A report recently adopted by the Congressional Investigative Commission calls for the body to be stripped of responsibility for the legal titling and demarcation of indigenous lands. The experts were also concerned with allegations of illegitimate criminalization of numerous anthropologists, indigenous leaders and human rights defenders linked to their work on indigenous issues.

"This report takes several steps back in the protection of indigenous lands," the experts warned. "We are particularly concerned about future demarcation procedures, as well as about indigenous lands which have already been demarcated."

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25
May
2017
Questionnaire letter from the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Print

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Questionnaire letter in English, French and Spanish from the Special Rapporteur on
the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

23 May 2017

To all Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva

I am in the process of preparing this year's thematic report for the Human Rights Council on the impact of climate finance on the rights of indigenous peoples.

In the context of this report, I would appreciate and welcome your views and inputs on the impact of climate finance on indigenous people's rights. I am particularly interested in your outlook on the following issues.

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05
May
2017
Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples” Print

vtcnyVictoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women.

Ten years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, what is the status of indigenous women now? Where have you seen the most progress and where are the gaps?

The most significant change in the past ten years since the Declaration was adopted, is that indigenous women have strengthened their organizations and networks. They are more engaged—and more number of indigenous women are engaged—in UN and intergovernmental processes. For example, this year was the first time in sixty years that the UN Commission on the Status of Women—the largest intergovernmental gathering on women's rights—focused on indigenous women's issues.

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01
May
2017
Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print

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Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
1 May 2017, New York

Madame Chairperson of the Permanent Forum, Distinguished Members of the Permanent Forum, Chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Excellencies, indigenous representatives, ladies and gentlemen,

I am grateful for the opportunity to address the Permanent Forum and all those attending this session to celebrate and share some views on this year's Permanent Forum's topic on the "Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration". As I already shared some of my views during the General Assembly High Level event earlier this week, I will not dwell very much on this. I will just highlight a few points which I think are important to reiterate. I will report on how I have implemented my mandate in the past year and during my third year as Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people.

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25
Apr
2017
The tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Print

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High-Level Event of the General Assembly to mark
the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement by Victoria Tauli Corpuz,
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

25 April 2017, New York

Honorable President of the General Assembly, Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations, President Morales, Honorable Mr. Gilmour, Madame Chairperson of the Permanent Forum, Chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Excellencies, indigenous representatives, distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

Introduction

In September 2007, during the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ('the Declaration), I had the honour to address the General Assembly as the Chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In my speech, I referred to the historical moment and stated that,

(t)he challenge to ensure the respect, protection and fulfilment of Indigenous Peoples Rights has just begun. (...) Effective implementation of the Declaration will be the test of commitment of States and the whole international community to protect, respect and fulfil indigenous peoples collective and individual human rights.

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21
Apr
2017
Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas: Pueblos indígenas esperan continuar los diálogos con el Gobierno y demás sectores en Honduras Print

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TEGUCIGALPA, 21 de abril de 2017 – El viernes 21 de abril de 2017, la Sra. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, concluyó una visita de trabajo que realizó al país por invitación del Gobierno de la República de Honduras.

Previo a un análisis más profundo de su visita, la Relatora comentó de manera preliminar:

"A invitación del Gobierno de Honduras, llevé a cabo una visita de trabajo al país del 17 al 20 de abril de 2017 con el objetivo de evaluar el seguimiento dado a mis observaciones de diciembre 2016 sobre el Anteproyecto de Ley Marco de consulta libre, previa e informada a los pueblos indígenas y afrohondureños, en las cuales expresaba unas preocupaciones de procedimiento y de contenido con respecto al proceso en curso.

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14
Apr
2017
Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas para los pueblos indígenas llega a Honduras para realizar visita de trabajo sobre la regulación de la consulta previa a los pueblos indígenas Print

visitahonduras2TEGUCIGALPA, 12 de abril de 2017 – La Sra. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, a invitación del Gobierno de Honduras, realizará una visita de trabajo oficial al país para darle seguimiento a sus observaciones y recomendaciones en relación al proceso para regular la consulta libre, previa e informada a los pueblos indígenas y afrohondureños.

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05
Apr
2017
Australia’s Aboriginal peoples face “tsunami” of imprisonment, UN expert finds Print

australiapressGENEVA (4 April 2017) – Australia must reduce the "astounding" rates of imprisonment for indigenous peoples and step up the fight against racism, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded, at the end of an official visit.

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said: "It is alarming that, while the country has adopted numerous policies to address the socio-economic disadvantage of Aboriginal peoples and those from the Torres Strait Islands, it has failed to respect their rights to self-determination and to full and effective participation in society."

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03
Apr
2017
End of Mission Statement by UNSR on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to Australia Print

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End of Mission Statement by the United Nations
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples,
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz of her visit to Australia, 3 April 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of Australia, and pay my respects to their Elders, to their ancestors and the generations to come for they hold the memories, the traditions and future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation.

In my capacity as Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, I have visited Australia from 20 March to 3 April. I thank the Government for having invited me and for its good cooperation during the visit. During the fifteen day visit, I met high-level representatives of the Federal, State and Territories Governments, members of Parliament and the Senate, members of the Judiciary, the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Australian Human Rights Commission and a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and representatives as well as civil society organisations working for their rights.

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15
Mar
2017
UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples announces follow-up visit to Australia Print

acnudhGENEVA (14 March 2017) – The human rights situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia is to be examined by the UN Special Rapporteur, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who will visit the country from 20 March to 3 April.

During her visit, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz will address a number of diverse issues including measures and policies adopted to reduce indigenous disadvantage, the administration of justice and detention conditions, land rights and native title, prevention of violence against women and the rate of children removed from their homes by officials.

The Special Rapporteur will also review the application of the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) and its successor 'Stronger Futures' legislation.

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07
Mar
2017
Visit to USA. Media Coverage Report: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Press Conference Print
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04
Mar
2017
UN expert urges consistent policies for US on indigenous peoples’ rights for projects like Dakota Access Pipeline Print

acnudhWASHINGTON, D.C. / GENEVA (3 March 2017) – A UN human rights expert has called on all levels of government in the United States to adopt consistent practices when consulting with indigenous tribes on projects that could affect their rights, like the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The appeal was made by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, at the end of a mission to the US to assess the impact of energy development projects. During the visit, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, noted that, in spite of a US commitment to positive and meaningful engagement with tribal governments, challenges remained.

The Special Rapporteur said: "The legislative regime regulating consultation, while well intentioned, has failed to ensure effective and informed consultations with tribal governments. The breakdown of communication and lack of good faith in the review of federal projects leaves tribal governments unable to participate in dialogue with the United States on projects affecting their lands, territories, and resources."

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03
Mar
2017
End of mission statement on United States by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
End of Mission Statement
3 March 2017

In my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, I carried out a visit to the United States of America from 22 February to 3 March 2017 to study the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to energy development projects, and to follow up on key recommendations made by my predecessor, James Anaya, in both his 2012 report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States (1) and his 2013 report on indigenous peoples and extractive industries.(2)

Over the last ten days I have travelled to: Washington, D.C.; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; Fort Yates, Fort Berthold and Bismarck, North Dakota. I met with representatives of the federal government in Washington, D.C., including federal and regional representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Department of Justice. In North Dakota, I met with the Governor, and representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office and the Commission on Indian Affairs. I also met with members of the legislative branch including the office of Senator John Hoeven, chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and the office of ranking member Norma Torres of the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs. Finally, I met with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

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21
Feb
2017
USA / Indigenous peoples’ rights: UN expert to assess impact of energy development projects Print

acnudhGENEVA / WASHINGTON (21 February 2017) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will undertake a country visit to the United States of America from 22 February to 3 March to study the human rights situation of indigenous peoples, in particular with regard to energy development projects.

"I will place particular focus on developments in areas of extractive industries and examine, among other things, progress and gaps, and make recommendations for the way forward for the current administration," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said recalling the recommendations made in a 2012 report on the USA by her predecessor, James Anaya.

The independent expert mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on the human rights situation of indigenous peoples around the world will travel to Washington, D.C; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Window Rock, Arizona; Boulder, Colorado; and Bismarck, North Dakota.

During her ten-day mission, the Special Rapporteur will meet representatives of the Government and Congress, American Indian tribes and individuals and civil society organisations working on issues related to indigenous peoples' rights.

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20
Feb
2017
Pueblos indígenas en aislamiento en el marco de los estándares internacionales de derechos humanos Print

aislamiento2016Presentación de la Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, en el I Congreso sobre pueblos indígenas aislados en la Amazonía ecuatoriana: situación y problemática, Ecuador, 22 de noviembre de 2016.

"En esta presentación comenzaré por repasar el trabajo realizado en el marco de las Naciones Unidas en relación con los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en aislamiento y contacto inicial, prestando especial atención a las Directrices de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado para los Derechos Humanos (OACNUDH) para la protección de los pueblos indígenas en aislamiento y en contacto inicial de la Región Amazónica, el Gran Chaco y la Región Oriental de Paraguay, y al mandato de la Relatoría Especial. Presentaré después algunas conclusiones y recomendaciones en relación con los principales problemas que se producen en los niveles local y nacional, donde viven los pueblos en aislamiento, incluyendo propuestas para fortalecer el trabajo del sistema de la ONU en términos de supervisión y de apoyo a las acciones legales y políticas necesarias para garantizar que estos pueblos disfrutan de sus derechos humanos individuales y colectivos."

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13
Feb
2017
Expertos de la ONU piden al Congreso de Guatemala que apoye la iniciativa 5179 sobre reforma de justicia Print

acnudhGINEBRA (13 de febrero de 2017) – Un grupo de expertos* en derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas instó hoy a los diputados guatemaltecos a aprovechar la oportunidad histórica que representa la aprobación de la reforma constitucional en materia de justicia, contenida en la iniciativa 5179.

La reforma constitucional busca mejorar el acceso a la justicia, en especial para las mujeres y los pueblos indígenas; fortalecer la independencia e imparcialidad del Poder Judicial mediante la separación de las funciones administrativas y jurisdiccionales de la Corte Suprema de Justicia; despolitizar la selección de funcionarios judiciales; y reconocer constitucionalmente la jurisdicción indígena.

"Exhortamos al Congreso de la República a preservar el objetivo y espíritu original de la reforma constitucional, y a no menoscabar su integralidad y el carácter participativo e inclusivo del proceso que contó con los aportes de diversos sectores de la población", señalaron los expertos.

"Pedimos a los legisladores que en las discusiones y aprobación final de la reforma constitucional se dé una respuesta adecuada a las necesidades identificadas para el fortalecimiento efectivo del sistema de justicia", dijeron.

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12
Feb
2017
Keynotes: 3rd Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD Print

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Keynote Address

3rd Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD , 10 and 13 February 2017,
IFAD Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Thank you very much for inviting me to say a few words at this opening session of the 3rd Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum here at IFAD. Since I started to know and engage with IFAD in 2002, there have been many significant developments which I would like to highlight today. 2017 is the 10th year anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN General Assembly in 2007. Thus, I will use this opportunity to cite what I think IFAD has done to implement the Declaration.
Article 41 of the Declaration states that;

"The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations System and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance. Ways and means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them shall be established."

At the recently held UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Expert Group Meeting which dealt with the implementation of the Declaration, I cited some good practices done by IFAD in this regard. Article 41 clearly says ways and means of ensuring indigenous peoples' participation shall be established. What you have done in terms of adopting a Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples, setting up of institutional mechanisms for sustained dialogue with indigenous peoples, such as this Indigenous Peoples' Forum and related processes, the placement of the internal work on indigenous peoples within the Operations Department within IFAD and the establishment of the Indigenous Peoples'Assistance Facility (IPAF) are some of the ways you are implementing the Declaration. No other UN agency or international financial institution, as of yet, has matched these accomplishments of yours.

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