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Presentation to the UN General Assembly 2018. Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

2018 statement GA

Statement of

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

Presentation to the Third Committee of the General Assembly
at its 73rd Session Item 71 (a & b): Rights of indigenous peoples

New York, 12th of October 2018

Honourable Chair of the Third Committee, Mr. Mahmoud Saikal
Distinguished Representatives of Member States,

Indigenous representatives and authorities in the room and across the world,
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to address the General Assembly today for the fifth time since I took up the mandate as Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples in 2014. Over the last half decade, I have been reporting here and at the Human Rights Council on a range of troubling issues for indigenous peoples. I have tried to shed light on the structural reasons behind the human rights violations and marginalisation that indigenous peoples continue to face almost in every country. I have explored topics such as the impact of international investment and free trade agreements on indigenous peoples' rights; the impact of conservation and climate change adaption and mitigation projects; and the increasing attacks, criminalisation and even murder of indigenous peoples, amongst other issues.

Today, I want to discuss what I see as one of the possible solutions to address the challenges that indigenous peoples face across the world: namely the importance of protecting and promoting the role of indigenous peoples' own institutions and ways of governing themselves. At the core of this are the rights to self-determination, self- governance and autonomy.

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A/73/176 - Indigenous peoples and self-governance. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to General Assembly 2018 Print

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General Assembly
Seventy-third session
Item 71 (a) of the preliminary list
Rights of indigenous peoples

A/73/176
17 July 2018

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

Summary

The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to her mandate under Human Rights Council resolution 33/12. In the report, the Special Rapporteur provides a summary of her activities since her previous report to the Assembly and an introductory comment on the issue of indigenous peoples and self-governance.

In the section on activities, the Special Rapporteur highlights recent thematic work on topics relating to criminalization; consultation and free, prior and informed consent; indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact; country visits; communications; and other activities. In the section on indigenous peoples and self-governance, she reviews examples of indigenous governance systems documented by the mandate holder and highlights some of the positive outcomes achieved in terms of sustainable development.

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Contents

I. Introduction

II. Activities of the Special Rapporteur in 2017 and 2018 

A. Attacks against and criminalization of indigenous peoples
B. Consultation and free, prior and informed consent
C. Indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact 
D. Country visits to Mexico and Guatemala
E. Communications and cooperation with human rights mechanisms, relevant United Nations bodies and regional human rights organizations

III. Indigenous peoples and self-governance

A. Background 
B. The international legal framework relating to indigenous peoples and self-governance
C. Self-governance and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
D. Examples of indigenous governance systems and their contributions to sustainable development at the national level 
E. Key areas for future discussions

IV. Concluding remarks 

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Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sobre su visita a México Print

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Asamblea General

A/HRC/39/17/Add.2
28 de junio de 2018

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Consejo de Derechos Humanos
39º período de sesiones
10 a 28 de septiembre de 2018
Tema 3 de la agenda
Promoción y protección de todos los derechos humanos, civiles, políticos,
económicos, sociales y culturales, incluido el derecho al desarrollo

Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sobre su visita a México

Nota de la Secretaría

En el informe se examina la situación de los pueblos indígenas en México con base en la información recibida por la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas durante su visita al país del 8 al 17 de noviembre de 2017 e investigación independiente.

La Relatora Especial observa que, desde la visita oficial realizada por el anterior Relator Especial Rodolfo Stavenhagen en 2003, y a pesar de los compromisos contraídos posteriormente por México en materia de derechos humanos, los pueblos indígenas continúan enfrentando graves desafíos en el ejercicio de sus derechos humanos.

Las actuales políticas del desarrollo basadas en megaproyectos (extractivos, energéticos, turísticos, inmobiliarios, de agricultura, por ejemplo) constituyen un reto mayúsculo para el goce de los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas. A la falta de autodeterminación y de consulta previa, libre, informada y culturalmente adecuada se suman conflictos territoriales, desplazamientos forzosos, criminalización y violencia contra pueblos indígenas que defienden sus derechos.

Todos estos problemas se están desarrollando en un contexto de profunda desigualdad, pobreza y discriminación de los pueblos indígenas que limitan su acceso a la justicia, educación, salud y otros servicios básicos.

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Anexo al Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sobre su visita a México Print

Informe de la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sobre su visita a México

A/HRC/39/17/Add.2
28 de junio de 2018

Anexo: Alegaciones recibidas

Alegaciones presentadas a la Relatora Especial sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en su visita a México 2017

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Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the Human Rights Council 39th Session Print

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Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
to the Human Rights Council 39th Session

Geneva, 19 September 2018

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 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.

I have, in the exercise of my mandate, observed a worrying escalation in the attacks, criminalisation and threats against indigenous peoples who are defending their rights to protect their lands, territories and resources. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate my thematic report to the Council to this topic.

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