UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

UNSR Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Imprimir


Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Tenth session, 12 July 2017
Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples

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Take five: “The dominant economic paradigms are at odds with the rights of indigenous peoples” Imprimir

vtcnyVictoria Tauli Corpuz, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and former Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, recently talked with UN Women about engaging indigenous women in climate action during the 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (24 April – 5 May, 2017). The Forum marked the 10-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and hosted a side event on indigenous women.

Ten years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, what is the status of indigenous women now? Where have you seen the most progress and where are the gaps?

The most significant change in the past ten years since the Declaration was adopted, is that indigenous women have strengthened their organizations and networks. They are more engaged—and more number of indigenous women are engaged—in UN and intergovernmental processes. For example, this year was the first time in sixty years that the UN Commission on the Status of Women—the largest intergovernmental gathering on women's rights—focused on indigenous women's issues.

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An urgent plea for governments to stem the murder of forest guardians Imprimir


In early March, Indigenous Honduran activist Berta Caceres was gunned down in her own home in response to her protests against a dam that threatens to displace hundreds of her people. A few weeks later, another member of her community, Nelson Garcia, was murdered for the same reason.

Berta received the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 in recognition of her efforts, and was an inspiration to Indigenous Peoples around the world. During my official visit to Honduras last November, she facilitated my meeting with her people, who told me troubling stories of violence and intimidation in response to their protests.

Despite numerous death threats and emergency protection measures granted by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, the Honduran government failed to protect Berta, and continues to fail her community. Her family and her community remain in danger, and it is urgent that the government – who has thus far maintained that Berta's murder was a botched robbery – act immediately to protect her family and stem the flow of indigenous blood.

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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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