UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
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May
2016
Statement. 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print

Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
Fifteenth Session of the
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
16 May 2016, New York

 
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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Mar
2018
A silent war is being waged on Philippine indigenous communities Print

Victoria Tauli-CorpuzA UN special rapporteur writes about being added to the government's terror list

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Financial Times 29 March, 2018

When I learnt that the Philippine government had accused me of being a terrorist, my immediate reaction was to hug my grandkids, fearing for their safety. Then, I started to speak out. Again.

I am the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. My mandate is to report when communities anywhere in the world are forced to relocate, their lands uprooted, their leaders either deemed criminals or killed. Not everyone wants to hear it, but the message needs to be spread. In the Philippines, they are shooting the messengers.

The country leads Asia in the number of murders of indigenous and environmental activists, with 41 people killed last year. The most recently reported assassination was that of indigenous leader Ricardo Mayumi; he was killed this month for insisting that indigenous communities lived where the government wanted to place a dam.

I am one of hundreds of people on a new government list of "terrorists". This list, on a legal petition filed in a Manila court, includes many indigenous leaders and activists and their legal representatives as well as four paramilitary group members, who are wanted for the killing of an indigenous leader in 2012.

In lumping its critics together with criminals, the government seeks to make us all guilty by association and, thus, the next targets of the vigilantes and rogue police officers who have led President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war against drugs. Now, he has started a new war — with new targets.

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27
Mar
2018
Statements in support of indigenous human rights defenders in the Philippines Print

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"We call upon the Government of the Philippines to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples, and particularly indigenous human rights defenders, in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

"We call on the Philippine Government to immediately remove the names of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Joan Carling, Jose Molintas and other indigenous human rights defenders from the list, and to ensure their physical safety. We urge the Government to uphold its obligations under international human rights instruments and its duty to guarantee the right to promote and to strive for the realization of human rights under the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders."

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30
Mar
2018
Letter of support from Tarja Halonen, former President President of Finland 2000-2012 Print

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"29 March, 2018
"Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
"UN Special Rapporteur for rights of indigenous peoples

"My dear friend Vicky,

"My attention was drawn to very disturbing legal tangles threatening you as well as several indigenous leaders and human rights defenders in the Philippines as a result of your work defending the indigenous populations of the Philippines. And this has happened while you as UN Special Rapporteur for rights of indigenous peoples enjoy UN guarantees of immunity.

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