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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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14
Sep
2019
Visit to Timor-Leste. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

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The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, visited Timor-Leste from 8 to 16 April 2019.

The present report contains recommendations relating to, inter alia, the formal and customary justice systems, land tenure, consultation and consent, conservation and climate change adaptation measures, education and nutrition.

Timorese indigenous culture and languages are particularly diverse and have been retained throughout colonization and occupation. The vast majority of the population shares indigenous values and spiritual beliefs which are reflected in strong local institutions, the customary justice system and communal land management. Indigenous practices have translated into important gains in environmental protection and biodiversity that can serve as inspiring examples for other countries. Further harmonization between the formal and customary justice systems is important to strengthen access to justice for all. Timor-Leste has made strong commitments to human rights standards and national rights-based development policies; however, additional resource allocations are required to ensure their effective implementation and monitoring, notably in the areas of education, health and nutrition.

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14
Sep
2019
A/74/149. The right of indigenous peoples’ to autonomy or self-government. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to UN General Assembly 2019 Print

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General Assembly
Seventy-fourth session
Item 69 (a) of the preliminary list
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A/74/149

17 July 2019

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Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples

 

Summary

The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 33/12. In the first part of the report, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples describes her activities during the past year and comments on her work on the rights of indigenous women and children. In the second part, she discusses the right of indigenous peoples to autonomy or self-government as an exercise of their right to self-determination, with a focus on identifying positive elements in existing arrangements, as well as limitations and challenges, and provides recommendations on ways to move forward in the adequate implementation of that right.

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14
Sep
2019
Report to Human Rights Council - 2019. Indigenous peoples and justice Print

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Forty-second session
9–27 September 2019
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development

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Rights of indigenous peoples
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples

Summary


The present report summarizes activities undertaken since the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples submitted her previous report to the Human Rights Council and provides a thematic study on the rights of indigenous peoples and justice. In the report, the Special Rapporteur analyses issues related to access to justice for indigenous peoples, whether through the ordinary justice system or through their own indigenous justice mechanisms. She explores the interaction and harmonization between ordinary and indigenous justice systems and the opportunities offered by legal pluralism.
The Special Rapporteur concludes with recommendations aimed at strengthening access to justice for indigenous peoples, while upholding international human rights standards, in both ordinary and indigenous justice systems.

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04
Sep
2019
Honduras Government and businesses must ensure protection of rights of people affected by development projects, say UN experts Print

honduraswgGENEVA (29 August 2019) – The Government of Honduras must act now to address the root causes of social conflict and profound distrust in the ability of State institutions to promote a fair and inclusive economy, a team of UN human rights experts has concluded after a 10-day visit.

All people affected by development projects must have their rights fully respected and protected by the Government and businesses to avoid conflict, said the UN Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

"The Working Group stresses that consultation with communities is a central aspect of human rights due diligence as set forth in the UNGPs, so as to identify early on concerns and grievances and to better understand the potential impacts of a project on local peoples and the environment. We recommend that any kind of consultation and engagement should take place at the earliest stage of a project. The right to participate should be recognized as a continuum that requires open and honest interaction between public authorities, the private sector and all members of society, including those most at risk of being marginalized or discriminated against, particularly women, indigenous and afro Honduran peoples, and persons with disabilities.

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23
Aug
2019
Appel à contribution. Prochaine visite en République du Congo (14-24 octobre 2019) Print

logo-acnudhLa Rapporteuse Spéciale des Nations Unies pour la promotion des droits des peuples autochtones, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, a été invitée par le gouvernement de la République du Congo du 14 au 24 octobre 2019 afin de venir étudier la situation des peuples autochtones dans le pays. Il s'agit de la deuxième visite du mandate en République du Congo depuis 2010.

Cadre et objectifs de la visite

Les visites dans les pays sont un moyen essentiel d'obtenir des informations directes et de première main et d'évaluer les évolutions positives ainsi que les défis et les lacunes en matière de protection et de promotion des droits des peuples autochtones. Elles permettent d'évaluer la situation des droits de l'homme et facilitent un dialogue intensif avec toutes les autorités publiques compétentes, tant au niveau national que local. Les visites dans les pays permettent également de prendre contact et directement recueillir des informations auprès de victimes et de leurs proches, des personnes et communautés touchées par les décisions politiques, des institutions nationales des droits de l'homme, des membres de la société civile, des organisations communautaires, de la communauté universitaire, de la coopération internationale et les organisations non gouvernementales internationales, et des agences et entités des Nations unies.

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18
Jul
2019
12th Session of EMRIP. Statement of Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

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12th Session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement of Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz,
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Geneva, 18 July 2019

Item 8. Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Chair of the UNPFII, the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, and members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Human Rights Committee on UNDRIP implementation

Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,
Chair of the UNPFII,
Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund,
Distinguished Members of the CEDAW and the Human Rights Committee,
Distinguished Members of the Expert Mechanism,
Indigenous representatives, Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,

It is an honour for me to participate in this interactive dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). I want to thank the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for their invitation to this dialogue, which provides a good example of the ongoing coordination among the human rights mechanisms.

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04
Jul
2019
India must prevent the eviction of millions of forest dwellers, say UN experts Print

acnudhGENEVA (4 July 2019) ‑ UN human rights experts* have urged the Government of India to prevent the potential eviction of up to nine million people, most of whom are forest dwellers and members of scheduled tribes with an ancestral link to the land and forest. The threat of evictions follows a 13 February order by the Supreme Court of India in a case brought by wildlife organisations who claim human settlements encroach on protected forest areas.

"The basic premise of this decision, which treats tribal peoples as possibly illegal residents of the forest, is wrong ‑ indigenous peoples are the owners of their lands and forests," says the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. "This is a phenomenon seen around the world. Indigenous peoples and local communities are treated as squatters when in fact the land is theirs, and they have protected and stewarded their holdings for generations and play an important role for conservation."

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03
Jul
2019
Rights in the Landscape: lnspirational Leadership from Indigenous Peoples Print

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Rights in the Landscape: lnspirational Leadership from Indigenous Peoples.
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Presented at the Global Landscapes Forum Bonn Annual Conference ,
Bonn, Germany, 22 June 2019

First let me thank the Secretariat of the Global Landscapes Forum, CIFOR and the Bonn City Government for inviting me to speak before you today. I will speak about the leadership of indigenous peoples in promoting the landscapes approach since time immemorial and their contributions to forest and biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. I will end with some recommendations to various actors.

Indigenous Peoples are the best guardians of the forests and biodiversity hotspots we all depend on. Research shows that lands managed by Indigenous Peoples with secure rights experience lower rates of deforestation, store more carbon, hold more biodiversity, and benefit more people than other lands—including protected areas.

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25
Jun
2019
Failing to protect biodiversity can be a human rights violation – UN experts Print

acnudhGENEVA (25 June 2019) ‑ A group of UN experts* has warned the erosion of nature, the extinction of species and the loss of biological diversity at unprecedented rates severely threatens human rights for present and future generations.

In a statement following the release of a new scientific report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the independent experts said they were alarmed at the accelerating loss of biodiversity on which humanity depends. The most comprehensive global assessment of the state of nature found more than one million species are threatened with extinction.

"The loss of global biodiversity is having and will continue to have devastating effects on a wide range of human rights for decades to come. This report is a stark reminder that we can simply not enjoy our basic human rights to life, health, food and safe water without a healthy environment", David Boyd, a UN expert on human rights and the environment, said today.

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18
Jun
2019
Algeria: Hunger striker’s death in custody alarming, say UN experts Print

acnudhGENEVA (18 June 2019) ‑ United Nations experts said today they are alarmed by the death in custody of a human rights defender after a 53-day hunger strike in Algeria.

Members of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said they had received reports that Kamel-Edine Fekhar, a doctor and the founder of Tifawt ‑ a foundation promoting the rights of the Mozabite indigenous peoples and minority from the M'zab region of the northern Sahara ‑ had not received timely or adequate medical care before his death on 28 May 2019.

"We are particularly concerned that the necessary care was not provided to Mr. Fekhar while he was under prison authority, which is contrary to Principle 24 of the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment," the experts said.

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07
Jun
2019
UN human rights experts call for independent probe into Philippines violations Print

acnudhGENEVA (7 June 2019) – UN human rights experts* today called on the United Nations to establish an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, citing a sharp deterioration in the situation of human rights across the country, including sustained attacks on people and institutions defending human rights.

"Given the scale and seriousness of the reported human rights violations we call on the Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigation into the human rights violations in the Philippines," said the independent experts, referring to the body made up of 47 UN Member States elected by the UN General Assembly.

"We have recorded a staggering number of unlawful deaths and police killings in the context of the so-called war on drugs, as well as killings of human rights defenders. Very few independent and effective investigations have taken place, independent media and journalists are threatened, the law has been weaponised to undermine press freedom, and the independence of the judiciary is undermined," the experts said.

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03
May
2019
ARGENTINA. Relatora Especial valora fallo de Tribunal de Neuquén que absuelve a miembros de comunidad mapuche Campo Maripe Print

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"Celebro el fallo dictado el 26 de abril de 2019, por el Juez Ravizzolli de Neuquén, Argentina, absolviendo a miembros de la comunidad mapuche Campo Maripe del delito de usurpación", declaró la Sra. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Relatora Especial de Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas.

Como afirma el texto del fallo: "En una cuestión tan medular y sensible como es el hecho de determinar un derecho sobre cierta geografía de la provincia no puede utilizarse el derecho penal para dar una solución en un caso en el cual no hay sólo un interés particular sino generacional y transgeneracional que tiene consagración constitucional". 

"Espero que el fallo sea respetado y aplicado por el Estado Argentino y el Gobierno Provincial de Neuquén y sirva para construir una nueva relación con las comunidades indígenas basada en el pleno respeto a sus derechos", señalo la Relatora Especial.

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01
May
2019
The Philippines: Renewed allegations against UN expert are "clearly retaliation" Print

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GENEVA (1 May 2019) – UN human rights experts* have expressed grave concerns over renewed accusations brought against the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, by the Philippines authorities.

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, Brigadier General Antonio Parlade, told a news conference in Manila on 13 March that the United Nations had been infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines through Ms. Tauli-Corpuz.

"The new accusations levelled against Ms. Tauli-Corpuz are clearly in retaliation for her invaluable work defending the human rights of indigenous peoples worldwide, and in the Philippines," said the UN experts.

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