[Geneva, 12 May 2014] The Special Rapporteur releases today his reports on the situation of indigenous peoples in Panama, Canada and Peru. Each of these reports is based on research and information gathered by the Special Rapporteur, including during visits to these countries in July, October and December 2013, respectively. The report on Peru focuses especially on the situation of indigenous peoples in the context of extractive industries.
The Special Rapporteur would like to thank the Governments of Panama, Canada and Peru for cooperating with his mandate during and after the visits, and would also like to thank the indigenous peoples with whom he met in each country, who shared their stories, concerns and aspirations with him.
These are the final country reports to be issued by James Anaya before he ends his mandate in June 2014. The Special Rapporteur will be briefly discussing these reports during this statement and interactive dialogue before the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, from 1 to 3 pm.