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Human rights, indigenous jurisdiction and access to justice: Towards intercultural dialogue and respect Print

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"The ability of indigenous peoples to continue and strengthen their own systems of justice administration is an integral component of their rights to self-governance, self-determination and access to justice recognized under international human rights instruments adhered to by Colombia and most States in Latin America. To implement these rights and guarantee indigenous peoples' access to justice, an intercultural dialogue and understanding between indigenous and State justice authorities is vital. Seminars of this type represent important worthwhile efforts to that end."

"Human rights, indigenous jurisdiction and access to justice: Towards intercultural dialogue and respect".
Presentation by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, for the International seminar on investigative techniques and indigenous issues; Bogotá, Colombia, February 24, 2016.

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Observations on strengthening indigenous women's access to justice and protection against violence Print

sepurzarco"The current litigation related to the Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala represents an important historical moment to highlight the need for guaranteeing access to justice for indigenous women who have been one of the most vulnerable sectors in Guatemala and other places in the world."

"In this paper, I will discuss relevant international human rights standards on the rights of indigenous peoples including their right to access to justice, of the need to understand the cultural and collective dimensions of rights violations, the racialized, gendered and sexualized violence against indigenous women, and some recommendations for reparations and reforms to address these forms of violence against indigenous women."

Presentation by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, for the Seminar on "Experiences in litigation of cases of Violence against Women and Women's Access to Justice in Central America" - Guatemala, February 23-26, 2016.

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Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Indigenous Perspectives Print

Statement to the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. Twenty-Ninth Session, Geneva, February 15, 2016.

"Thank you very much for inviting me to this 29th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore."

"Misappropriation of the genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples continues unabated and indigenous peoples are put in the difficult situation of tracking and prosecuting cases of misappropriation of their knowledge. It is in this light that I urge WIPO Member States to speedily conclude the IGC negotiations and adopt a legally binding treaty that would provide effective protections for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities over their genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

As the independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples, it is within my mandate to provide an analysis of how the human rights of indigenous peoples’ to their genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and related intellectual creations are being respected and protected."

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End-of-mission statement on Honduras by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

Victoria Tauli-CorpuzTegucigalpa, 10 November 2015. "I am now concluding my visit to Honduras in my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Over the last nine days, I have met with national, departmental and municipal government authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and the private sector in several parts of the country. I held meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples, communities and organizations in Tegucigalpa, Puerto Lempira, Auka, Rio Blanco, La Esperanza and La Ceiba. This included meetings with representatives of the Lenca, Maya Chorti, Nahua, Tolupan, Garifuna, Pech, Tawahka and Miskito peoples."

"Over the past several days, I have collected a significant amount of information from indigenous peoples and Government representatives. "

"In the following weeks, I will be reviewing the extensive information I have received during the visit in order to develop a report to evaluate the situation of indigenous peoples in Honduras and to make a series of recommendations. This report will be made public, and will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council. I hope that it will be of use to the indigenous peoples, as well as to the Government of Honduras, to help find solutions to ongoing challenges that indigenous peoples face in the country. In advance of this report, I would like to now provide some preliminary observations and recommendations on the basis of what I have observed during my visit. These do not reflect the full range of issues that were brought to my attention, nor do they reflect all of the initiatives on the part of the Honduras government. "

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Honduras. Relatora Especial realizará visita oficial para evaluar situación de los pueblos indígenas Print

Vicky Tauli-corpuzLa Relatora Especial de las Naciones Unidas Sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, realizará una visita oficial a Honduras del 2  al 10 de noviembre de 2015 para estudiar la situación de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en el país. Se trata de la primera visita que realiza a Honduras una experta independiente encargada por el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU de monitorear, informar y asesorar sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en todo el mundo.

Durante su visita la Relatora Especial se reunirá con representantes de los pueblos indígenas, con autoridades y funcionarios del Estado de Honduras, y organizaciones de la sociedad civil.

Al final de su misión, el martes 10 de noviembre, la Sra Tauli-Corpuz presentará sus conclusiones preliminares en una conferencia de prensa. La Relatora Especial presentará en 2016 un informe al Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU con sus conclusiones y recomendaciones sobre los temas estudiados durante la misión.

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