UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Statement. First session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations with respect to human rights Print

"Indigenous peoples have been at the forefront of discussions regarding the human rights abuses committed by corporations since the 1970s. For decades, indigenous peoples have been victims of corporate activities in or near their traditional territories, which have depleted and polluted their traditional territories without their consent, putting many peoples at the verge of cultural or physical extinction. Today, little has changed in relation to this situation."

"The adoption by the Human Rights Council Resolution 26/9, establishing this Working Group represents a significant development. The United Nations responded to calls from around the world, including the persistent appeals of indigenous peoples, to strengthen the architecture of international human rights law in order to adapt further to the challenges posed by corporate-related human rights abuses."

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Meetings with the Special Rapporteur. Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print

unpfii-logoThe Special Rapporteur, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the fourteenth annual meeting of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. The meetings will be held in the afternoons of 28 and 29 April 2015. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with her with regard to matters that fall within her mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

Visit to Paraguay, November 2014. Media coverage Print

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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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