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map-kenyaGENEVA (13 January 2014) – A United Nations independent expert has urged the Government of Kenya "to ensure that the human rights of the Sengwer indigenous people are fully respected, in strict compliance with international standards protecting the rights of indigenous peoples."

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, expressed deep concern about reports that police are poised to forcibly evict Sengwer indigenous people from their homes in the Embobut Forest in the Cherangani hills, in western Kenya.

 
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Lima. 13 December 2013 - The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, provided his preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference upon conclusion of his 7-day visit to Peru. During his time in the country, he carried out a series of meetings with Government representatives at the national and regional levels, and with representatives of indigenous peoples, civil society, and private companies, in Lima and other cities, as well as in indigenous areas and communities in the departments of Puno, Cusco, and Loreto.

"I am concluding my official visit to Peru, which began on the 6th of December. The purpose of this visit was to learn about the situation of the indigenous peoples in the country, including issues related to consultation, free, prior, and informed consent, and the effects of extractive industry activities on indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact."

See the full end-of-mission statement by the Special Rapporteur here (Spanish)

See media coverage

 
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Nov
2013
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guatemala-nov2013On November 26 and 27 the Special Rapporteur participated in several events in Guatemala City organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Guatemala. He gave a speech on the need to adopt affirmative action measure to ensure equitable representation of women and indigenous persons in State institutions, before the Forum of Employment Commissions of Guatemala; he made a statement on the need to advance with the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, at an event to celebrate the renewal of the OHCHR's Maya Program; he led a seminar for the Constitutional Court of Guatemala on the judicial application of international norms on the rights of indigenous peoples; and he met with indigenous authorities from throughout the country, among other activities.

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2013
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2013-12-04-bf-anayaOn December 2 – 4 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights held in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum provides an opportunity to advance the promotion and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. During the event, Professor Anaya participated in a panel discussion on "Indigenous peoples and business operations – taking steps towards implementing the UN Guiding Principles" during which he discussed his 2013 report to the Human Rights Council on extractive industries and indigenous peoples (A/HRC/24/41).

See Statement

See report on extractive industries and indigenous peoples. 

 
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2013
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perumapThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Peru from 6 to 13 December 2013 to analyze the situation of indigenous groups in the country, including issues related to consultation, free, prior and informed consent, and the effects of extractive industry activities on indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact. During the visit, the Special Rapporteur plans to meet with Government officials, indigenous peoples and organizations, and other interested parties to discuss the situation and rights of indigenous peoples in Peru.

The Special Rapporteur is currently developing his agenda for the visit. When more information is available regarding the agenda of the Special Rapporteur, it will be published at the following web site: http://unsr.jamesanaya.org   For information about opportunities to participate in meetings, please write to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please be aware that, due to the large volume of requests, we may not be able to accommodate all those interested in participating in meetings with the Special Rapporteur. However, written information for consideration may be sent at any time to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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