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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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Indigenous peoples cannot be ‘deleted’ from the new global development goals, UN experts state Print

acnudhGENEVA / NEW YORK (18 July 2014) – The new United Nations sustainable development goals must not be a step backwards for indigenous peoples, a group of UN experts on indigenous peoples has warned. Their call comes as the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals meets in New York to draft a set of goals which will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September.

"Indigenous peoples face distinct development challenges, and fare worse in terms of social and economic development than non-indigenous sectors of the population in nearly all of the countries they live," they said. "However," the experts stressed, "they also can contribute significantly to achieving the objectives of sustainable development because of their traditional knowledge systems on natural resource management which have sustained some of the world's more intact ecosystems up to the present."

The group of experts noted with concern that all references to 'indigenous peoples' have been deleted in the latest draft of the zero document on the sustainable development goals, which is currently being discussed by the open-ended working group, even though the term had been included in earlier drafts. The experts urged UN Member States in the open-ended working group to listen to the proposals made by indigenous representatives in this process and to ensure that 'indigenous peoples' will be used consistently in the outcome document.

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Special Rapporteur participates in the annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

hrcgenevaFrom 7 to 11 July 2014, the Special Rapporteur participated in the seventh session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session, she provided statements on panels related to the post-2015 development agenda, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Special Rapporteur also held numerous meetings with indigenous representatives and gathered information on the situation of cases of alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples within their countries.


Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the Seventh session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

geneva-hrcDuring the week of 7 - 11 July 2014, Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the Seventh  session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

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