UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

17
Oct
2017
Current risks and challenges to the physical and cultural survival of indigenous peoples in Latin America Print

vicky tauli-corpuzPresentation by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz for the

Focal Point Meeting of the Latin American Network for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

New York, 15 and 16 October 2017

Introduction

Good afternoon, I am Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. I again would like to thank all the organizers of this event for your invitation to take part in this important panel about the current challenges in matters of mass atrocity prevention in Latin America.

As I mentioned this morning, my mandate consists primarily of examining the obstacles, challenges, barriers and good practices that exist with regards to the enjoyment of indigenous peoples' rights. My work is guided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) and other relevant international instruments for the advancement of indigenous peoples' rights. [1]

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12
Oct
2017
Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the UN General Assembly Print

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

Seventy-second session of the General Assembly

Item 70(a): Rights of indigenous peoples

New York
12 October 2017

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

In the thematic report which I am presenting today (A/72/186), I examine the progress made in the last decade to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption the Declaration in the General Assembly.

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06
Oct
2017
UN experts urge Chile not to use anti-terrorism law against Mapuche indigenous peoples Print

acnudhGENEVA (6 October 2017) - UN experts* are urging Chile not to prosecute Mapuche indigenous peoples under the country's anti-terrorism legislation.

The call comes ahead of a hearing in the case of a group of four Mapuche community members who were arrested in June 2016 on charges of arson, and have remained in custody since then on pre-trial detention orders issued under the anti-terrorism law.

"The charges against these men should urgently be reviewed and they should be afforded the fair trial guarantees they would receive under the ordinary justice system," the experts said.

"These members of an indigenous community have been deprived of their liberty for 16 months. The anti-terrorism law does not offer the necessary guarantees for a fair trial, and its use risks the stigmatization of the indigenous community. It also puts in doubt the suspects' right to be presumed innocent."

They added: "We urge Chile to refrain from using the anti-terrorism law to deal with events that occurred in the context of social protests by Mapuche peoples seeking to claim their rights."

The experts also stressed that legislation against terrorism had to be precisely worded to ensure that it applied only to situations that truly threatened national security.

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21
Sep
2017
Statement to the Human Rights Council 36th Session Print

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

Human Rights Council 36th Session

Geneva, 20 September 2017

Mr. President,
Distinguished delegates, Indigenous Peoples' Representatives
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the honor to present today my fourth annual report to the Human Rights Council. I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to the numerous States, indigenous peoples, and others, and in particular to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the support they have provided as I have carried out my mandate over the past year.

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13
Sep
2017
More precious than gold: 10 years of indigenous land rights under the UN Declaration Print

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Signed 10 years ago, the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples marked a huge step forward - but its promise remains unfulfilled, says Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Ten years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

After personally witnessing decades of injustice for the world's Indigenous Peoples, I welcomed this global commitment to our rights. The lack of secure rights to own and manage our lands has been at the heart of our struggles for centuries now. The forests and rivers we rely on and have managed for generations are prime targets for either destruction - through mining, logging, and dams - or conservation. Either way, the fact that we live there has almost always been seen as an obstacle.

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24
Aug
2017
Message to the Mexico City Forum on the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

 

Message of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,

Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

to the Mexico City on the 10th Anniversary of the

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


 

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15
Aug
2017
Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Mexico 8 to 17 November 2017 Print

acnudhThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is collecting information in preparation of her country visit to Mexico scheduled to take place from 8 to 17 November 2017.

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 for her consideration in preparation of this visit, such as:

  • Recent analytical reports or surveys on indigenous peoples in Mexico
  • Information on the policy, programmes and legal framework with respect to indigenous peoples
  • Priority issues/concerns and situations that warrant the attention of the Special Rapporteur
  • Suggestions on issues to examine and related locations to visit
  • Contact info for indigenous organisations and civil society representatives to meet in different regions in relation to suggested locations to visit

Kindly submit information by 11 September 2017 to indigenous@ohchr.org

Please indicate "2017 Visit to Mexico" in the subject heading of the email submission.

 
07
Aug
2017
World still lagging on indigenous rights 10 years after historic declaration, UN experts warn Print

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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - Wednesday 9 August 2017

GENEVA / NEW YORK (7 August 2017) – The world's indigenous peoples still face huge challenges a decade after the adoption of an historic declaration on their rights, a group of United Nations experts and specialist bodies has warned. Speaking ahead of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on 9 August, the group says States must put words into action to end discrimination, exclusion and lack of protection illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights defenders.

The joint statement from the Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples reads as follows:

"It is now 10 years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly, as the most comprehensive international human rights instrument for indigenous peoples. The Declaration, which took more than 20 years to negotiate, stands today as a beacon of progress, a framework for reconciliation and a benchmark of rights.

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26
Jul
2017
Special Rapporteur urges the State of Honduras to ensure that international standards on prior consultation and other human rights of indigenous peoples are respected Print

vickytaulihondurasThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, has issued additional observations regarding the process undertaken in Honduras for regulating prior consultation. These observations are part of the technical assistance that the Special Rapporteur has provided, at the request of the Government of Honduras, in connection with the preparation of a draft law on prior consultation. Following this request, in December 2016, the Special Rapporteur published her Commentary on the Draft Framework Law on Free, Prior and Informed Consultation of Indigenous and Afro-Honduran Peoples(in Spanish only) which pointed out problems with the substantive content and methodology used to develop and socialize the Draft Law.

At the invitation of the Government of Honduras, the Special Rapporteur carried out a working visit to Honduras from 17 to 20 April 2017 to follow up on the recommendations made in her Commentary and to meet with representatives of the Government, indigenous peoples and organizations, private enterprise, trade unions, civil society, the international community, the United Nations System and other stakeholders involved in this initiative on prior consultation. During the working visit, the Special Rapporteur noted that her previous recommendations had not yet been implemented.

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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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