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30
Apr
2020
End of Term Message of Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

 
29
Apr
2020
Indigenous Peoples & the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations Print

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There are more than 476 million indigenous peoples in the world, found in all regions of the world [1], from the Arctic to the tropical forests. Indigenous peoples are more than 6 per cent of the global population.

Indigenous peoples, in particular indigenous women and girls are often disproportionately affected by epidemics and other crises. Indigenous peoples are nearly three times as likely to be living in extreme poverty as their non-indigenous counterparts. They account for almost 19 per cent of the extreme poor, irrespective of the region and residence in rural or urban areas [2] and even across international borders. They are custodians of a wealth of traditional knowledge and practices, languages and culture, which includes time tested responses to crises.

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23
Apr
2020
Amid coronavirus, let's not forget about indigenous people. Print

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

Indigenous communities play a critical role in preventing the emergence of diseases and must be involved in the response to the pandemic

 For the first time in living memory, the industrialized world understands what it is to be entirely susceptible to disease, as vulnerable as indigenous peoples once were to diseases brought by outsiders who colonized our lands. As vulnerable as many indigenous peoples still are to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indigenous peoples—and other local communities and Afro-descendants—do not have the same health services or government support as those in cities, even in developed countries like Canada. The virus has ripped through Navajo communities in New Mexico and Arizona largely because of a lack of clean water. Indigenous peoples also have higher rates of chronic health conditions that make us more susceptible.

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15
Apr
2020
COVID 19 and Indigenous Peoples Print

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

[Baguio, Philippines, 01/04/2020]   As several friends, indigenous individuals and love ones get infected with COVID-19 and some have passed away I am terribly concerned. Concerned because some of these deaths could have been avoided if we have more humane and caring politicians, societies and governance systems. Concerned, because if we not learn lessons from this tragedy, we will not see an end to this. COVID-19 has shown us that atomized societies which put individualism and profit making as the pinnacle of modern civilization will further lead us to more disasters and crises. If people love and have more compassion, empathy and solidarity for and with other human beings and nature, our world will not be in this state.

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11
Apr
2020
Statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and economic, social and cultural rights Print

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Statement on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and economic, social and cultural rights
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

I. Introduction

1. The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to overwhelm public health care systems, and is having devastating impacts across the world on all spheres of life – the economy, social security, education and food production. Tens of thousands of lives have already been lost, including those of doctors and nurses providing front-line medical treatment. Jobs have been lost and livelihoods imperilled due to restrictions imposed to curb the transmission of the virus, such as "lockdowns". Schools are closed in many affected countries, and people cannot gather for significant cultural and community events such as religious services, weddings or funerals. At the commencement of this statement, the Committee extends its sympathy to all victims of the pandemic and their families, as well as the broader communities of which they are part.

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10
Apr
2020
COVID-19 yet another challenge for indigenous peoples Print

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UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

6 April 2020

COVID-19 yet another challenge for indigenous peoples

The global reach of the COVID-19 virus affects us all, but some groups will suffer disproportionately and in different ways. Indigenous peoples are such a group.

Many indigenous peoples live in remote regions difficult to access and often inaccessible. Even prior to this crisis, they experienced higher rates of health risks, poorer health and greater unmet needs in respect of health care than their non-indigenous counterparts. Indigenous peoples were already disadvantaged in terms of access to quality health care and were more vulnerable to numerous health problems, in particular pandemics. The social determinants of health, such as safe drinking water and a sufficient, balanced diet, and sanitation were not fulfilled before this crisis. Moreover, the expropriation of indigenous lands and natural resources and the increase in conflicts on their territories were already placing indigenous peoples in a particularly precarious situation. [1]

The spread of COVID -19 has and will continue to exacerbate an already critical situation for many indigenous peoples: a situation where inequalities and discrimination already abound. The rise in national recessions and the real possibility of a world depression are set to aggravate the situation further, bringing fear that many indigenous peoples will die, not only from the virus itself but also from conflicts and violence, linked to the scarcity of resources, especially drinking water and food.

Yet there is still time to limit this health crisis and its disastrous effects. Urgent action has demonstrated that appropriate measures taken early on in the crisis can drastically reduce and control the transmission of this disease.

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31
Mar
2020
“Unacceptable” – UN expert urges better protection of older persons facing the highest risk of the COVID-19 pandemic Print

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GENEVA (27 March 2020) – Society has a duty to exercise solidarity and better protect older persons who are bearing the lion's share of the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN human rights expert said.

"Reports of abandoned older persons in care homes or of dead corpses found in nursing homes are alarming. This is unacceptable," said Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons. "We all have the obligation to exercise solidarity and protect older persons from such harm."

Older persons do not only face a disproportionate risk of death but they are further threatened by COVID-19 due to their care support needs or by living in high-risk environments such as institutions, the expert said.

Kornfeld-Matte expressed particular concerns about older persons with underlying health conditions and those who are already socially excluded, living in poverty, having limited access to health services, or living in confined spaces such as prisons and residential care homes.

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07
Mar
2020
UN expert on indigenous peoples’ rights to visit Greenland and Denmark Print

acnudhGENEVA (6 March 2020) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will carry out an official country visit to Denmark and Greenland from 10 to 19 March 2020.

"I look forward to learning about how the Greenland Self-Government has been established and is functioning in practice, as this sets an interesting model for indigenous peoples in other parts of the world," Tauli-Corpuz said.

The UN expert will examine diverse range of issues affecting indigenous peoples, including self-governance, the administration of justice, the situation of children and youth, housing, access to health services including mental health, climate change and the right to development and natural resources.

"Despite progress, important challenges have been brought to my attention, including in relation to the protection of the rights of children. I look forward to meeting first-hand with Greenlanders to understand these challenges as well as the measures taken to address them," Tauli-Corpuz said.

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06
Mar
2020
International Women’s Day Statement by United Nations Human Rights Experts Print

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Twenty-five years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, no country in the world is free from discrimination against women

Women's and girls' activism and autonomous movements have been the driving forces behind the advancement of women's human rights and gender equality, and remain ever essential. Women and girls have been at the forefront of movements for change around the world. But 25 years on from the Beijing Platform of Action, responsibility for progress cannot continue to lie solely on the shoulders of women. While women continue to lead the struggle for equality, men are now more than ever called upon to be a part of movements for gender equality and become women´s human rights defenders. Men and boys need to stand with women and girls as allies in the fight for gender equality and demand an end to impunity and accountability for violations of women's rights and access to justice. Discrimination against women and girls is a human rights violation which must not be tolerated and States must be held accountable for implementing international standards guaranteeing women's and girls' human rights and achieving substantive gender equality. Structural causes for inequality and deeply entrenched discriminatory attitudes and practices must be tackled in order to achieve gender equality and a sustainable future for all.

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03
Mar
2020
Meeting with the Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples. UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 19th session Print

UNPFIIThe Special rapporteur, Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the 19th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York.
The meetings will be held between 9am and 1pm on Wednesday 15th April.

Meetings may be requested regarding matters that fall within the Special Rapporteur's mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

How to request a meeting ?

Write an email to indigenous@ohchr.org indicating the names of the persons attending, and a written note on the issues to be presented to the Special Rapporteur.
The tile of the email should start with " UNPFII Meeting request " + name of your organisation or community.
Priority will be given to requests sent before 27th March 2020.

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09
Feb
2020
Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Denmark and Greenland 10 to 19 March 2020 Print

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The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is collecting information in preparation of her upcoming country visit to Denmark and Greenland which will take place from 10 to 19 March 2020. The emphasis of the visit will be on Greenland where the majority of the visit will be carried out.

Pursuant to her mandate by the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur promotes the effective protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, gathers good practices and challenges in terms of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and makes constructive and concrete recommendations in relation to areas where there may be room for improvement.

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19
Dec
2019
MÉXICO. ONU-DH: el proceso de consulta indígena sobre el Tren Maya no ha cumplido con todos los estándares internacionales de derechos humanos en la materia Print

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Ciudad de México, 19 de diciembre de 2019 – La Oficina en México del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ONU-DH) llama la atención en relación con el proceso de consulta indígena sobre el "Proyecto de desarrollo Tren Maya", realizado del 15 de noviembre al 15 de diciembre de 2019, el cual hasta el momento no ha cumplido con todos los estándares internacionales en la materia.

La ONU-DH agradece la invitación del Instituto Nacional de los Pueblos Indígenas, del Fondo Nacional del Fomento al Turismo y de la Subsecretaría de Desarrollo Democrático, Participación Social y Asuntos Religiosos de la Secretaría de Gobernación para participar como observadora en este proceso.

La Oficina asistió a cuatro de las 15 asambleas regionales informativas en Tenabo (Campeche) y Dzitás (Yucatán) el 29 de noviembre, y en Xpujil (Campeche) y Reforma (Quintana Roo) el 30 de noviembre. Asimismo, estuvo presente en ocho de las 15 asambleas regionales consultivas en Palenque (Chiapas), Tenabo (Campeche), Dzitás y Tunkás (Yucatán) el 14 de diciembre; y en Xpujil, Tenosique (Tabasco), Reforma y Xul-há (Quintana Roo) el 15.

Los estándares internacionales de derechos humanos establecen que la consulta y el consentimiento de los pueblos y comunidades indígenas debe ser previo, libre, informado y culturalmente adecuado.

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09
Dec
2019
Call for input: Report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia Print

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has initiated the preparation of a report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Asia.

The Special Rapporteur wishes to focus her report on the experiences and current challenges faced by indigenous peoples in the region.

Thematic focus of the report will be on inter alia: lands, territories and resources, human rights defenders, business and human rights, conservation, environmental rights and the impacts of climate change. Particular emphasis will also be placed on the impact of climate change on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights and the critical role played by indigenous people in protecting the environment, including through traditional knowledge.

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31
Oct
2019
Colombia: UN experts are outraged by killing of indigenous leader and community members Print

acnudhGENEVA (31 October 2019) – UN experts* have deplored the massacre committed against members of the Nasa people in Cauca, Colombia and urge the Government to take urgent measures in cooperation with the indigenous authorities.

Governor Cristina Bautista Taquinas and four unarmed Indigenous Guards were killed in the attack by illegal armed groups on 29 October 2019. Five other members of the Nasa community were injured in the attack, which took place in the village of La Luz in the Tacueyó reservation in Cauca.

"We condemn this attack in the strongest terms," said the group of Special Rapporteurs in a joint statement issued in Geneva.

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25
Oct
2019
Republic of Congo: Positive legal recognition for indigenous peoples needs concrete action, UN expert finds Print

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GENEVA (25 October 2019) – The Republic of the Congo is leading the region in terms of legal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples, but needs to step up work to put its commitments into practice, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples has said at the end of a visit to the country.

"Indigenous peoples continue to face significant discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation, including in their access to health services, education, employment and political participation," said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

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24
Oct
2019
La Rapporteuse Spéciale sur les droits des peuples autochtones, Mme Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, conclue sa visite en République du Congo 14 -24 octobre 2019 Print

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La Rapporteuse Spéciale sur les droits des peuples autochtones,
Mme Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, conclue sa visite en République du Congo
14 -24 octobre 2019

24 octobre 2019 - En ma qualité de Rapporteur spécial sur les droits des peuples autochtones, j'ai effectué une mission officielle en République du Congo, à l'invitation du Gouvernement, du 14 au 24 octobre 2019. Ma visite avait pour objet d'évaluer les progrès accomplis dans la promotion et la protection des droits des peuples autochtones depuis la visite de mon prédécesseur, Prof. James Anaya, en 2010, et plus particulièrement les efforts déployés au niveau national pour appliquer les recommandations contenues dans son rapport.

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24
Oct
2019
End of mission statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to the Republic of Congo Print

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End of mission statement
by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples,
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz on her visit to the Republic of Congo

In my capacity as Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, I undertook an official mission to the Republic of the Congo, at the invitation of the Government, from 14 to 24 October 2019. The purpose of my visit was to assess progress made in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples since the visit in 2010 of my predecessor, Prof. James Anaya, and more specifically, national efforts to implement the recommendations contained in his report.

I thank the Government of the Republic of the Congo for its cooperation with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council by inviting me for this visit and the welcome extended to me by government representatives, including at the highest levels. I was received by the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Minister of Social Affairs, the Minister of Forest Economy, Minister of Health and Gender and the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and Alphabetisation. I met with the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate. I met with technical experts from the Ministry of Land Affairs, the President's department for the promotion and integration of women and with the Executive Secretary of the newly established Women Advisory Council and the President of the National Human Rights Commission. I also appreciate the government's efforts to facilitate my visit to the Sangha département. While visiting this dense forest more than 800 km north of Brazzaville, I visited three indigenous forest communities in Pokola and Kabo and spoke with members and representatives of the Ngatongo, Bomassa, Peke and Djaka communities. Upon my return to Brazzaville, I also consulted with indigenous representatives from the Lekoumou, Pool and Plateaux départements.

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11
Oct
2019
Presentation to the UN General Assembly 2019. Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

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Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly
Item 69 (a): Rights of indigenous peoples
New York
11 October 2019

Mr. Chair,
Distinguished delegates,
Indigenous peoples' representatives,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Today I am presenting my final thematic report to the General-Assembly (A/74/149). I have decided to dedicate it to analysis of the recognition and exercise of indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, building on the related report that I submitted to the General-Assembly last year. This year´s report comments on existing legal and other arrangements and processes reflective of or conducive to the recognition and implementation of the right of indigenous peoples to autonomy or self-government, with a view to identify positive elements as well as limitations and challenges, and to provide some recommendations to move forward in the realisation of these fundamental collective rights.

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23
Sep
2019
Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the Human Rights Council 42nd Session 2019 Print

Statement of
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Human Rights Council 42nd Session

Geneva, 18 September 2019

Mr. President,
Distinguished delegates,
Indigenous peoples' representatives,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to address the Human Rights Council today and present my reports. I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to the numerous States, indigenous peoples, and others, and in particular to the staff supporting my mandate in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and also to my external assistants, for the support they have provided as I have carried out my mandate over the past five years.

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14
Sep
2019
Visit to Ecuador, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

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The report reviews the situation of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador on the basis of information received by the Special Rapporteur during her visit to the country between 19 and 29 November 2018.

The Special Rapporteur takes note of the current openness to dialogue between theGovernment and the indigenous peoples. The 2008 Constitution provides a good basis for moving towards a new plurinational and intercultural State model. It is imperative that the Government give priority to addressing structural problems, in particular by guaranteeing the indigenous peoples' rights to their lands, territories and natural resources, to respect for their authorities and justice systems, to proper operationalization of consultations, and to intercultural implementation of their economic, social and cultural rights.

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