Category Archives: Opinions

Amid coronavirus, let’s not forget about indigenous people.

By | 23 April, 2020

By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous communities play a critical role in preventing the emergence of diseases and must be involved in the response to the pandemic  For the first time in living memory, the industrialized world understands what it is to be entirely susceptible to disease,… Read More »

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COVID 19 and Indigenous Peoples

By | 15 April, 2020

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples [Baguio, Philippines, 01/04/2020]   As several friends, indigenous individuals and love ones get infected with COVID-19 and some have passed away I am terribly concerned. Concerned because some of these deaths could have been avoided if we have more humane and caring politicians, societies and… Read More »

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International Women’s Day Statement by United Nations Human Rights Experts

By | 6 March, 2020

Twenty-five years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, no country in the world is free from discrimination against women Women’s and girls’ activism and autonomous movements have been the driving forces behind the advancement of women’s human rights and gender equality, and remain ever essential. Women and girls have been at the forefront… Read More »

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Jair Bolsonaro’s stance on indigenous people is ‘discriminatory and racist’

By | 5 January, 2019

Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has wasted little time in targeting the country’s indigenous people. UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz told DW that a move to expand farming will put indigenous rights at risk. DW: Jair Bolsonaro has issued an executive order making the Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding what to do with lands claimed by… Read More »

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Indigenous Conflict Mediation and Resolution Processes that Work

By | 31 October, 2018

Interview with Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, laughs out loud as she recalls reading about about capacity-building programs on self-governance for indigenous peoples. “We’ve been governing ourselves long before nation states even existed!” In a conversation… Read More »

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Struggling for inclusion

By | 30 October, 2018

By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Indigenous people have always had to struggle to be heard at the United Nations. It is never a given that we will have a voice in international institutions, and indeed we have often had to protest on the margins before being granted our rightful seat at the table. The groundbreaking 2007 UN… Read More »

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Rights of indigenous children, adolescents and families to mental health and wellbeing

By | 24 September, 2018

The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) IACAPAP DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING July 2018 IACAPAP declares recognition of certain fundamental mental health rights of children, adolescents and families of indigenous communities everywhere, in concert with the United Nations Convention… Read More »

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A global crisis is unfolding. A Letter from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By | 27 August, 2018

A global crisis is unfolding. The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a drastic increase in violence and legal harassment against Indigenous Peoples. I’ve been alerted to hundreds of cases of “criminalization” from nearly every corner of the world. These attacks—whether physical or legal—are an attempt to silence… Read More »

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The Indigenous Peoples, TRIPS & Biodiversity Convention

By | 20 August, 2018

By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz GENEVA (IDN-INPS) – International standards have come a long way in recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and, indeed, even genetic resources. The adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992 finally did away with the concept of biological and genetic resources as the common heritage of… Read More »

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