UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
More precious than gold: 10 years of indigenous land rights under the UN Declaration Imprimir


Signed 10 years ago, the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples marked a huge step forward - but its promise remains unfulfilled, says Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Ten years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

After personally witnessing decades of injustice for the world's Indigenous Peoples, I welcomed this global commitment to our rights. The lack of secure rights to own and manage our lands has been at the heart of our struggles for centuries now. The forests and rivers we rely on and have managed for generations are prime targets for either destruction - through mining, logging, and dams - or conservation. Either way, the fact that we live there has almost always been seen as an obstacle.

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Statement to the Human Rights Council 36th Session Imprimir


Statement of
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of indigenous peoples

Human Rights Council 36th Session

Geneva, 20 September 2017

Mr. President,
Distinguished delegates, Indigenous Peoples' Representatives
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the honor to present today my fourth annual report to the Human Rights Council. I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to the numerous States, indigenous peoples, and others, and in particular to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the support they have provided as I have carried out my mandate over the past year.

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No olvidar: Nuestros bosques son valiosos y nosotros vivimos ahi Imprimir


HONOLULU - Las organizaciones de conservación dedicadas a la protección de los puntos calientes de biodiversidad del mundo a menudo no tienen en cuenta por qué los bosques se mantienen en pie. Frecuentemente, esto es por los pueblos indígenas que han vivido allí desde tiempos inmemoriales, que protegen y preservan estas tierras. Esta es una cuestión crucial que las principales organizaciones de conservación deben abordar en el Congreso Mundial de la Naturaleza, que tiene lugar en Honolulu entre el 1 al 10 de septiembre.

Muchas de las iniciativas patrocinadas por estas organizaciones pasan por alto el simple hecho de que las tierras de alto valor ecológico a menudo están habitadas por comunidades, muchas de ellas indígenas, y que los derechos de estas comunidades deben ser respetados.

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Press Conference: COP21 Human Rights and Climate Change Imprimir


Press briefing. Paris, France. 10 December 2015.
21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In this briefing, human rights experts will explain how the human rights framework can confront evolving threats, including those posed by climate change and will address continuing efforts to integrate human rights considerations in the Paris negotiations.

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Free Prior and Informed Consent: A Local and Global Issue Imprimir

A research meeting, "Consultation and consent: Intercultural perspectives in resource governance", was hosted by Matawa First Nations Management in Thunder Bay, Ontario over several days in late October 27,  2016. This event was a key milestone in the research project led by Dr. Terry Mitchell at Laurier University funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant. The project is examining the experiences of consultation and processes of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) in resource development across four regions: northern Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Chile.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, was welcomed with a dinner and greetings from Chief Peter Collins from Fort William First Nation and Elder Gerry Martin. The Special Rapporteur then gave a public talk at Lakehead University, "Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: A local and global issue", which was attended by nearly 300 people, in which she shared about the challenges and opportunities in implementing free, prior, and informed consent.

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