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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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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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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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Informe de comentarios sobre el anteproyecto de Ley Marco de Consulta Previa del Gobierno de Honduras Print

vtccommentsLa Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas publica su  informe de Comentarios acerca del documento denominado "Anteproyecto de Ley Marco de consulta libre, previa e informada a los pueblos indígenas y afrohondureños".

El informe ofrece, en primer lugar, observaciones sobre la elaboración y el proceso de socialización del Anteproyecto. Seguidamente, se tratan los aspectos de fondo en relación al texto del Anteproyecto. Ello comprende observaciones y recomendaciones sobre: las fuentes normativas de la consulta previa; el ámbito de aplicación de la consulta previa; los sujetos del derecho a la consulta y la representatividad indígena; el procedimiento para la consulta previsto en el Anteproyecto; el consentimiento libre, previo e informado; la institucionalidad estatal y los mecanismos de supervisión, monitoreo y exigibilidad de la consulta; y otras consideraciones relacionadas con la capacitación, asistencia técnica y fortalecimiento de las estructuras representativas indígenas. Finalmente, se presentan conclusiones sobre la elaboración y contenido del Anteproyecto y sobre el tema de la consulta previa en general.

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UN experts condemn string of Ecuador clampdowns on human rights organizations Print

acnudhGENEVA (30 December 2016) – A group of United Nations human rights experts* have criticized the Government of Ecuador for stifling civil society, after issuing an order for the closure of an NGO which supports environmental and indigenous rights.

On 18 December, 'Acción Ecológica' called for a Peace and Truth Commission to explore the attacks on indigenous and environmental rights. Two days later, the Ministry of the Environment initiated the dissolution process, giving the group 24 hours to respond and ten days to present defence evidence.

The move against 'Acción Ecológica' comes amidst a conflict involving indigenous Shuar people who are trying to halt mining on what they claim to be their territory. The campaign group, which has vocally supported the indigenous protesters, is the latest in a series of organizations to be targeted by the government.

The group of independent human rights experts urged the Ecuadorian authorities to reverse the decision and reform the legislation it is using to dissolve the groups. The UN experts have already censure the government for dissolving groups such as 'Pachamama' and the 'Unión Nacional de Educadores', and also attempting to close the NGO 'Fundamedios' over the past three years. "The Government of Ecuador seems to be systematically dissolving organizations when they become too vocal or challenge government orthodoxy," they said. "This strategy to asphyxiate civil society has been implemented via two decrees - 16 and 739 - which give the authorities powers to unilaterally dissolve any kind of organization."

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