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UN Special Rapporteur: Statement upon conclusion of the visit to Paraguay Print

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Mission Paraguay

Asuncion. 28 November 2014 - The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, provided his preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference upon conclusion of his 8-day visit to Paraguay. During his time in the country, she carried out a series of meetings with Government representatives at the national and provincial levels, and with representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society, in Asunción and other cities, as well as in indigenous territories in the Chaco and Oriental Regions.

"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 Paraguay 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 Paraguay, 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."

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur to #WCIP2014. UN system-wide actions for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz wcip2014New York, September 22, 2014. Mrs. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, participated in the high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The Special Rapporteur participated in a Roundtable on "UN system action for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples".  Mrs. Tauli-Corpuz provided observations and recommendations. She said:  "I am honored to speak before you today, to share my own assessment of the Outcome WCIP Document on enhancing the system-wide actions of the United Nations for more effective implementation on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and my recommendations on how to implement this. Indigenous peoples' rights and development issues basically cut across the work of all UN agencies, bodies, programmes and funds. This is one of the main reasons on why indigenous peoples persisted in getting the UN to establish the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and its Secretariat to help raise awareness and coordinate the UN as far as the policies and programmes of the various UN entities on indigenous peoples are concerned."

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First report of the Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to the UN Human Rights Council Print

vicky tauli-corpuzIn the report, the Special Rapporteur presents some preliminary reflections on the status of operationalization of international standards relating to indigenous peoples and her vision for her work as Special Rapporteur in that context. It is the first report submitted by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who assumed her mandate on 2 June 2014.

The Special Rapporteur notes that there is a strong legal and policy foundation upon which to move forward with the implementation of indigenous peoples' rights, and there have been many advances, which the Special Rapporteur hopes to examine and document during the course of her mandate. Nevertheless, many challenges continue to confront indigenous peoples throughout the world. The report consists of four parts. Section II provides a background to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur. Section III discusses structural problems that present obstacles to the full realization of the rights of indigenous peoples. Section IV presents some preliminary comments regarding the vision and work areas of the current Special Rapporteur for her three-year mandate. Finally, section V offers conclusions made on the basis of the comments provided in the report.

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'Justice still remains elusive for many indigenous peoples in many parts of the world'. Indigenous Day Print

Vicky Tauli-CorpuzGENEVA (9 August 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, urges indigenous peoples around the world to remain steadfast in asserting and claiming their individual and collective rights.

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Tauli Corpuz calls on States to address human rights violations and to ensure indigenous the peoples' participation in formulating and implementing their national and local development strategies and plans.

"Today, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, is a day to celebrate the gains and victories achieved by indigenous peoples in their bid to claim their rights and realize their life plans or development visions. However, for many indigenous peoples in many parts of the world, there is not much to celebrate. Countless violations of their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights continue on a daily basis. Justice still remains elusive for many of them."

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