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Statement to Human Rights Council 33rd Session, 2016 Print

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

Human Rights Council 33rd Session

Geneva, 20 September 2016

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

I have the honor to present today my third 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, as I begin my third as the Special Rapporteur.

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Indigenous Peoples’ right to education – a transformative force for empowerment Print

acnudhMessage by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to mark the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Tuesday 9 August 2016.

The 2016 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples offers an opportunity for the international community to reflect on the overall human rights situation of indigenous peoples, as the world prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This year's theme, Indigenous Peoples' Right to Education, enshrined in Article 14 of the Declaration and several other international instruments, is timely as States begin to take measures to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a view to leaving no one behind.

"Education is empowerment, and critical to the realization of all of the rights contained in the Declaration and international human rights treaties," stresses Claire Charters, Chair of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples. "Unfortunately, indigenous children and youth often do not have access to adequate, accessible and appropriate forms of education. It is imperative that States, indigenous peoples, the United Nations and other stakeholders work together in order to increase awareness and efforts to ensure the fulfilment of this universal and fundamental human right".

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Statement on the celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines Print

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Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, August 9, 2016

Today, August 9, we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 through Resolution/48/214. This is an opportune time to look at the situation of indigenous peoples in the country and to come up with concrete proposals on what actions should be taken to address the challenges they face.

My mandate as the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples requires me to examine ways and means of overcoming existing obstacles to the full and effective protection of the rights of indigenous peoples" and to " to formulate recommendations and proposals appropriate measures and activities to prevent and remedy violations of the rights of indigenous peoples."

For so long, many indigenous peoples in the Philippines suffered from discrimination, from dispossession of their lands, territories and resources, violation of their rights to their cultures, extrajudicial killings, forced displacements and sexual violence against women and girls, food insecurity, among many others. These human rights violations continue to persist.

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El Salvador: “Hope for victims” – UN experts welcome annulment of the Amnesty Law Print

acnudhGENEVA (15 July 2016) - A group of independent experts of the United Nations* today welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court of El Salvador to declare unconstitutional the amnesty law of 1993, which had left in impunity crimes against humanity and war crimes, and serious or systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed during the internal armed conflict (1980-1992).

"This historic decision for the country restores the hope to the victims and trust in the justice system," the experts said, recalling that the Salvadoran conflict left a toll of 75,000 dead and 8,000 disappeared, mostly civilians, many victims of torture and women victims of sexual violence, in addition to one million internally displaced persons and refugees in other countries.

"More than 20 years after the end of the conflict, this decision by the highest court will restore the fundamental rights to justice and integral reparation of the victims," they stressed. "It is an example for the world".

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Seeking for More Effective Ways of Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

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Seeking for More Effective Ways of Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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

Human Rights Council
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Ninth Session, 11-15 July 2016
Agenda Item 8: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

Distinguished members of the Expert Mechanism,
Excellencies,
Distinguished representatives of indigenous peoples
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am honoured to present to this 9th session of the EMRIP an update on my activities since I reported to you last year. It is also an opportunity to share my reflections on how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can be implemented in a better manner at all levels. Sharing these activities and reflections with you is a good tradition which has been established in this body because this promotes better coordination and knowledge sharing between our mechanisms.

This Agenda Item 8, under which I am making this report, is important because next year will be the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration by the UN General Assembly in 13 September 2016. May mandate contained in A/HRC/RES/15/14 of October 2010 mainly revolves around assessing how the rights of indigenous peoples contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, are protected, respected and fulfilled. My mandate specifically asks me to;

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