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22
Sep
2015
Philippines: UN experts urge probe into killings of three Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders Print

acnudhGENEVA (22 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, today called on the Philippines Government to launch a full and independent investigation into the killings of three human rights defenders in Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, which is currently affected by armed conflicts.

One of the human rights defenders killed was the director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Development (ALCADEV), a school providing education to indigenous youth who live in the mountains and service communities in the CARAGA region. He was found murdered in one of the ALCADEV classrooms in the town of Sitio Han-ayan on 1 September.

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20
Sep
2015
Rights of indigenous women and girls. Report to the Human Rights Council, 2015 Print

womenThe present report is submitted to the Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to her mandate under Council resolutions 15/14 and 24/9. The Special Rapporteur provides a summary of her activities since her previous report to the Council (A/HRC/27/52) and undertakes a thematic analysis of violations against indigenous women and girls.

Indigenous women experience a broad, multifaceted and complex spectrum of mutually reinforcing human rights abuses. The present report is a study on the situation of indigenous women globally. It focuses on the common themes and patterns experienced by indigenous women across all regions.

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19
Sep
2015
UN Special Rapporteur’s Report: Indigenous women face endemic violence from all quarters of the globe Print

vtcreportVictoria Tauli-Corpuz's report to the Human Rights Council examines the state of indigenous women's rights around the world.

A new report by UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz concludes that indigenous women experience extremely high rates of sexual violence, trafficking, domestic violence, and gender based killings. It has been estimated that one in three indigenous women are raped during their lifetimes.

States are sometimes complicit in these violations. The report states that "military officials may perpetrate sexual violence as a weapon to weaken the resolve of indigenous communities in militarized disputes over land and resources." In Fiji, India, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Thailand, and Timor-Leste, militarized conflict over indigenous land has led to gang-rape, sexual enslavement, and the murder of tribal women. In both Canada and the United States, indigenous women are significantly more likely to be raped or murdered than non-indigenous women.

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28
Aug
2015
Land and resource rights are key to Sami people’s self-determination, UN rights expert says Print

sapmi2015HEMAVAN / GENEVA (28 August 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today expressed concern at the land rights situation of the Sami people in Finland, Norway and Sweden, given the increased drive to extract and develop minerals and set up renewable energy projects in the Sápmi region.

"For the Sami people, securing rights over their land and natural resources is fundamental to their self-determination and a prerequisite for them to be able to continue to exist as a distinct people," the human rights expert said at the end of a special conference organized by the Sami Parliamentary Council and hosted in Hemavan, Sweden from August 25-27.

Ms. Tauli-Corpuz's participation at the conference was considered an official visit to the traditional region of the Sami people, who continue to live within their territories spanning the formal boundaries of several States.

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24
Aug
2015
UN rights expert to assess Sami people’s self-determination and land and resource rights Print

samiflagGENEVA (24 August 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will assess the human rights situation of the Sami people in Finland, Sweden and Norway at a three day conference organized by the Sami Parliamentary Council and hosted in Hemavan, Sweden from August 25-27, 2015.

Ms. Tauli-Corpuz's participation at the conference is considered an official visit to the traditional region of the Sami people, who continue to live within their territories spanning the formal boundaries of several States.

"This visit offers a unique opportunity to assess key issues affecting Sami people across the Sápmi region, including their rights to self-determination and to land, water and natural resources, as well as matters involving children and youth, such as education and language," she said.

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24
Aug
2015
ECUADOR. Relatora Especial sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos indígenas exhorta a la calma y el diálogo en Ecuador Print

victoriataulionuGINEBRA (24 de agosto de 2015) – La Relatora Especial de la ONU para los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, exhortó a la calma y al diálogo en Ecuador ante los violentos enfrentamientos que se vienen produciendo desde el 10 de agosto, cuando se iniciaron las movilizaciones sociales convocadas por la Confederación de las Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE), que aglutina a todas las nacionalidades y pueblos indígenas del país.

"Es necesario que se restablezca la calma en Ecuador", señaló la Sra. Tauli-Corpuz. "Hago un llamado a todas las partes involucradas a generar un espacio institucional de diálogo en el que se pueda analizar las demandas que originaron la convocatoria del paro nacional, de forma constructiva, en profundidad y de buena fe".

Según se ha informado, los enfrentamientos comenzaron tras la declaración de un paro nacional convocado por la CONAIE en defensa de una serie de demandas de las comunidades indígenas, entre las que se incluye la educación intercultural bilingüe.

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11
Aug
2015
UN rights expert urges Brazil not to evict Guarani and Kaiowá indigenous peoples from their traditional lands Print

vtauliGENEVA (11 August 2015) – United Nations independent expert Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has urged the Government of Brazil “to ensure that the human rights of the Guarani and Kaiowá indigenous people are fully respected, in strict compliance with international standards protecting the rights of indigenous peoples.”

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of the indigenous peoples expressed deep concern about reports that police are poised to forcibly evict Guarani and Kaiowá indigenous people from their Tekohas (traditional lands), in the State of  Mato Grosso do Sul, in Western Brazil. Some 6,000 indigenous people are refusing to leave their Tekohas, and have warned they plan to resist the eviction ‘until death.’

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08
Aug
2015
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2015 Print

unsrvtaulicorpuzInternational Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2015. Statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

"As we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples this 9th of August 2015, we look back into what has been achieved the past years and envisage what can be done for the future."

"Let us all celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples by demonstrating our collective political will to address the serious implementation gap in relation to the UN Declaration and the ILO Convention No. 169. Long live the indigenous peoples all over the world!"

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21
Jul
2015
Follow up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Statement to the 8th session of the EMRIP Print

emrip2015The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples Rights, Ms Victoria Tauli Corpuz, addresses the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) under Agenda item 3: Follow-up to the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism.

She said,  "After the historic World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) held last year, this year's session is a good opportunity to visit the Outcome Document and see which among the commitments agreed to are moving or have great potentials of being implemented at the national and global levels."

"It is almost going to be a year since its adoption and this is an opportune time to see the trends as far as its implementation is moving. One other reason for revisiting this historic document is that this year, 2015, the UN is going to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The contributions and operationalization of the WCIP Outcome Document will be very important in ensuring that indigenous peoples will not be left behind in the implementation of these SDGs"

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08
Jul
2015
Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during Eighth Annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print

ungenevaThe Special Rapporteur, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the eighth annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. 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.

The meetings will be held on the afternoons of Tuesday 21 July and Thursday 23 July.

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07
Jul
2015
Belize Government’s recent actions show troubling disregard for Maya property rights, UN expert warns Print

Victoria Tauli-CorpuzGENEVA (7 July 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, today urged the Government of Belize to ensure respect for the rights of the country's Maya people to non-discrimination and traditional property.

"Under international human rights standards, indigenous peoples have the right to use, develop and also to control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership," Ms. Tauli-Corpuz emphasized.

The independent expert's call comes after the arrest of 12 Maya people and local leaders charged with unlawful imprisonment for their actions to remove a non-Maya individual, Rupert Myles, from their village lands. Mr. Myles was allegedly building a housing structure on ancient Maya ruins in the village of Santa Cruz, in violation of Maya customary law and apparently despite repeated requests for the removal of the structure.

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06
Jul
2015
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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18
Jun
2015
Papal encyclical gives hope to indigenous people Print

popefrancisBy Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Pope Francis' Earth-friendly message embraces our values and way of life.

On Thursday, Pope Francis will issue a highly anticipated encyclical on man, religion and the environment, a text that is expected to influence the outcome of the Paris climate talks in December. We know already what side he is on.

During a January visit to typhoon-ravaged villages in the Philippines — my home country — he called on humanity to protect the earth, which he called “a beautiful garden for the human family.” And he captured headlines last year when he called the destruction of South America’s rainforests a “sin.” 

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11
May
2015
Opinion: Don’t Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind in SDGs Print

sdgVictoria Tauli-Corpuz is U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015. U.N. member states are meeting throughout the year to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. The goals are supposed to be universal and aspire to "leave no one behind."

But Indigenous Peoples, who are among the poorest and most marginalised people on earth, are all but invisible in the latest draft of the SDGs. As an indigenous woman and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I am deeply concerned that almost all references to Indigenous Peoples have been deleted, as we have learned from experience that unless we are explicitly included, we are likely to be excluded.

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27
Apr
2015
Statement to the 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print

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Statement by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
14th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 
27 April 2015, New York

I am grateful for the opportunity to address the Permanent Forum and all of you attending this session to share some of my views on the issue of indigenous peoples' right to self-determined development and other economic, social and cultural rights. Dealing with this now is timely and important because the UN member-states are currently negotiating the post-2015 Development Agenda, with focus on the means on how the Sustainable Development Goals can be implemented and what indicators to use to measure progress achieved.

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28
Apr
2015
Statement. 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print

Statement by Victoria Tauli Corpuz. Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
14th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – 27 April 2015, New York.

 

 
12
Mar
2015
UN Special Rapporteur: Indigenous Peoples' rights must be respected in global climate change agreement Print

vicky-hrcVictoria Tauli-Corpuz speaks at a Human Rights Council panel on Human Rights and Climate Change.

Indigenous Peoples have contributed little to climate change, but they suffer the worst impacts and have an important role to play in contributing to global solutions, said United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, before the Human Rights Council on March 6th. The discussion focused on human rights and climate change, with most speakers stressing the importance of a global agreement to limit emissions which nations are hoping to adopt in Paris this December. Tauli-Corpuz emphasized that such an agreement must respect human rights, including rights of Indigenous Peoples:"I will remind all of us again that the rights of those who suffer the most from climate change and yet can contribute to the solution should be protected, respected, and fulfilled."

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06
Mar
2015
Human rights and Climate Change. Panel HRC Print

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Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a high level panel on Human Rights and Climate Change.
Human Rights Council, Geneva, March 6, 2015.

 

 
16
Feb
2015
UN Special Rapporteur: Conservation policies must fully respect Indigenous Peoples’ rights Print

vtccorteidhVictoria Tauli-Corpuz testifies before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.

States must fully recognize and respect Indigenous Peoples' rights when implementing conservation and biodiversity initiatives, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said in testimony before the Inter-American Court. Addressing the court in Costa Rica in early February, she said that conservation projects have too often involved governments seizing and nationalizing indigenous territories and subjecting the people who managed them to impoverishment, cultural deterioration, and other severe human rights violations.

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08
Feb
2015
Protected areas and the rights of indigenous peoples. Expert testimony before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Print

 

Expert Testimony of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR)on the Case of Kaliña and Lokono Peoples vs. the Government of Surinam; Presented on 3 Feb. 2015, Costa Rica.

Object: international regulations and policy on protected areas and on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in relation to the rights of indigenous peoples, included in the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as the relation to protected areas established in the territory of the alleged victims.

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