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17
Dec
2014
World Bank should recognize importance of human rights in its new environmental and social policies Print

acnudhGENEVA (17 December 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, today urged the World Bank to recognize the central importance of human rights to its draft environmental and social policies, also known as Safeguard policies, which apply to its investment project financing. The draft Safeguards policies were released by the Bank in July for public consultation, as part of the multi-stage review.

"The draft Safeguards seem to go out of their way to avoid any meaningful references to human rights," Mr. Alston stressed, in a joint letter* to World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, together with a group of twenty-seven other independent experts of the largest fact-finding and monitoring mechanism of the UN human rights system.

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15
Dec
2014
Peru / Indigenous peoples: “New oil project threatens further harm for human rights victims” – UN experts warn Print

acnudhGENEVA / LIMA (15 December 2014) – The proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human rights of indigenous peoples, including their right to health, food and water, two United Nations experts on indigenous peoples and toxic waste have said today.

The UN human rights experts' warning comes after the Peruvian Government's decision to start licensing block 192 (formerly 1 AB) on 15 December 2014, despite a signed agreement between the State-owned oil company Petroperu and indigenous communities to clean up land and water heavily polluted by 44 years of oil spills.

"While the world looks on to Paris following the conclusion of the Lima Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Peruvian Government needs to do more to protect their own citizens from environmental harm and prevent the recurrence of environmental emergencies affecting indigenous peoples, including the Quechuas, Kichwas, Kukamas and Urarinas," the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, said.

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14
Dec
2014
Entrevista con Victoria Tauli-Corpuz ‘Los indígenas dan soluciones al cambio climático’ Print

vicky-elespectadorEntrevista realizada en Lima, Perú, durante la COP20, y publicada en El Espectador, Colombia. 13 de diciembre 2014.
Only Spanish / Solo en español.

La Relatora de la ONU para los derechos de estos pueblos dice que ellos pueden ayudar a mitigar los impactos del calentamiento global y asegura que hora de que los Gobiernos los tengan en cuenta en sus discusiones.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz es la primera mujer nombrada como Relatora Especial sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas de Naciones Unidas. Nació en Filipinas y ha sido una activista con gran trayectoria en la defensa de los derechos como lo fue, por ejemplo, como presidenta del Foro Permanente sobre Cuestiones Indígenas.

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06
Dec
2014
Opening plenary session of the Global Landscapes Forum, Lima 2014 Print

 

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, speaks at the high-level opening plenary session from the first day of the Global Landscapes Forum 2014, in Lima, Peru, during COP20.
 
06
Dec
2014
Visit to Paraguay, November 2014. Media coverage Print

Paraguay media coverage

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28
Nov
2014
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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19
Nov
2014
Paraguay: UN rights expert to assess indigenous peoples’ participation and land and resource rights Print

Vicky Tauli-Corpuz

GENEVA / ASUNCIÓN (19 November 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will carry out an official visit to Paraguay from 21 to 28 November 2014 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country .

"I will explore, among others, the issues of land and resource rights, as well as participation and consent -which can be achieved through free, prior and informed consultations," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said, announcing the first visit ever to Paraguay by an independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on indigenous peoples' rights worldwide.

"These issues were identified as the priorities of indigenous peoples' in Paraguay during a series of dialogues with them prior to the visit," she noted. "I hope this visit will contribute to raising awareness of the concerns of indigenous peoples in the country, concerns that are often ignored by the societies in which they live."

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17
Nov
2014
How a Filipina Activist Fights for Human Rights at the U.N. Print

vtc-sydney[CI, 17 November, 2014] Earlier this year, CI board member and human rights activist Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was appointed as the U.N.'s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the Human Rights Council President. She is the first woman and the first person from a developing country to hold this three-year position. Vicky attended the World Parks Congress this past week in Sydney, Australia. Today on Human Nature, she explains what brought her to this point.

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14
Nov
2014
UN Special Rapporteur: Despite Efforts to Advance Development, Rights of Indigenous Peoples Remain Few and Far Between Print

UNVictoria Tauli-Corpuz Reports on World Conference of Indigenous Peoples, Calls for Stronger Recognition and Protection of Essential Human Rights

(Geneva, November 14, 2014). Despite global efforts by the United Nations to advance social and economic development , the rights of Indigenous Peoples remain widely neglected and often unenforced, according to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Tauli-Corpuz stressed the importance of human rights in her report to the United Nations General Assembly regarding the outcomes of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, held on 22-23 September, 2014.

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20
Oct
2014
Statement by Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to UN General Assembly, October 2014 Print

 

Statement by Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz,  to 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Third Committee, New York, 20 October 2014.

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06
Oct
2014
Indigenous Innovations Print

natureThe expansion of the global economy has brought both prosperity and peril to indigenous communities. But Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who is the executive director of the Tebtebba Foundation and was recently appointed United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, champions the inventive ways communities are negotiating the pressures of the global marketplace while protecting traditions and natural ecosystems.

Interview. Ford Forum

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23
Sep
2014
[Video] Statement of the Special Rapporteur to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Print

 

Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Roundtable: "UN system-wide actions for the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples". UN General Assembly, Sixty-ninth session, World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, #WCIP2014,  New York, September 22, 2014.

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22
Sep
2014
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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17
Sep
2014
Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the Human Rights Council 2014

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, to the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, September 17, 2014. 

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15
Sep
2014
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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09
Aug
2014
'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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18
Jul
2014
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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15
Jul
2014
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.

 

 
02
Jun
2014
Communications Procedure Print

acnudhAn important aspect of the Special Rapporteur's work is to receive and exchange information with indigenous peoples, their organizations and other sources. The Special Rapporteur relies heavily on information submitted to her in relation to all areas of her work, including promoting good practices, country reports, thematic studies and responding to alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples. The Special Rapporteur places special emphasis on her mandate "to develop a regular cooperative dialogue with all relevant actors" by developing ongoing, long-term strategies for all the work she undertakes.

Communications on alleged human rights violations

As part of her mandate, the Special Rapporteur intervenes in response to alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples. The intervention can relate to a human rights violation that has already occurred, is ongoing, or which has a high risk of occurring. The process, in general, involves the sending of a confidential communication to the concerned Government requesting information, commenting on the allegation and suggesting that preventive or investigatory action be taken.

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25
Jun
2014
Presentation to the WCIP Interactive Dialogue, June 2014 Print

 

Presentation of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, to the WCIP Interactive Dialogue. June 18, 2014, UN Headquarters New York.

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