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“Make human rights the priority in all conservation efforts” – UN experts urge governments Print

expertsGENEVA (29 August 2016) – Effective and sustainable conservation requires respect for human rights, two United Nations experts on environment and indigenous peoples rights said today, ahead of the largest global forum for the adoption of conservation policies on protected areas: the World Conservation Congress (WCC), which will take place from 1 to 10 September in Honolulu, USA.

"The escalating incidence of killings of environmentalists, among them many indigenous leaders, underlines the urgency that conservationists and indigenous peoples join forces to protect land and biodiversity from external threats, notably lucrative resource exploitation," stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

The WCC, organised every four years by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), brings together heads of States, high-level government officials, CEOs and business leaders, representatives from indigenous groups and leading civil society organisations along with scientists and academics.

"Protection of biodiversity is a human rights issue as a healthy ecosystem is important for the full enjoyment of a wide range of human rights," Mr. Knox emphasised. The expert, who will be attending the World Congress, has recently launched a project on biodiversity and human rights, which will culminate in a report to the Human Rights Council in March 2017.

Conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples’ rights. Report to the General Assembly Print

onuThe present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to her mandate under Council resolutions 15/14 and 24/9. In the report, the Special Rapporteur provides a brief summary of her activities since her previous report to the Assembly, as well as a thematic analysis of conservation measures and their impact on indigenous peoples' rights.

Protected areas have the potential of safeguarding the biodiversity for the benefit of all humanity; however, these have also been associated with human rights violations against indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. The complex violations that have been faced by indigenous peoples in the wake of evermore expanding protected areas have been raised by respective special rapporteurs during numerous country visits and communications to governments.

The present report charts legal developments and commitments and measures taken made to advance a human rights-based paradigm in conservation, while also identifying key remaining challenges. The report concludes with recommendations on how conservation, in policy and practice, can be developed in a manner which respects indigenous peoples' rights and enhances sustainable conservation.

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Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and International Investment Print


"The Special Rapporteur is now carrying out further investigations to support the preparation of a second thematic report on international investment and the rights of indigenous peoples."

"This workshop is intended to broaden the range of potential strategies for strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples in this context. It brings together indigenous representatives, legal practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders, each of whose experiences can provide additional perspectives to help advance a more nuanced understanding of, and more creative solutions for, investment and the rights of indigenous peoples."

Workshop on Indigenous Peoples and International Investment.
May 12, 2016. Ford Foundation headquarters
320 East 43rd St., New York

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Relatora da ONU expressa preocupação com os retrocessos na proteção dos direitos dos povos indígenas no Brasil Print


A Relatora Especial da Organização das Nações Unidas sobre direitos dos povos indígenas Victoria Tauli-Corpuz apresentou, hoje (17/março), em Brasília, comunicado sobre a situação dos povos indígenas encerrando sua visita ao Brasil.

Na avaliação da relatora, apesar das disposições constitucionais exemplares assegurando os direitos dos povos indígenas, o Brasil, nos oito anos que se seguiram à visita de seu predecessor (James Anaya), não avançou na solução de antigas questões de vital importância para os povos indígenas e para a implementação das recomendações do Relator Especial.

Ao contrário, alerta Tauli-Corpuz, "houve retrocessos extremamente preocupantes na proteção dos direitos dos povos indígenas, uma tendência que continuará a se agravar caso não sejam tomadas medidas decisivas por parte do governo para revertê-la". Entre os retrocessos mencionados estão "a Proposta de Emenda à Constituição, PEC 215, e outras legislações que solapam os direitos dos povos indígenas a terras, territórios e recursos".

[ Portugues] Leia a Declaração de fim de missão aqui

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


"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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