The 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"
The 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.
GENEVA (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.
"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."
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.”
Victoria 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.
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.
Victoria 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."
Victoria 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.
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.
GENEVA (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.
GENEVA / 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.
Entrevista 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.
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.
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."
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."
[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.