James Anaya





james anayaGeneva (9 August 2012) The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, issued a public statement calling on the Government of Colombia to advance in the process of dialogue recently initiated with indigenous authorities in the northern part of the Department of Cauca to address the military presence in Nasa territory among other matters. He stressed the need for the process of dialogue to adhere to international standards regarding the rights indigenous peoples.

Read the complete text of the declaration and the press release (Spanish).


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surinam-mapaPARAMARIBO – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, called for further contact between the authorities and the indigenous and tribal peoples of Surinam, and reiterated his readiness to assist with efforts to advance their land and resource rights.

"I look forward to continued dialogue with the Government and with the indigenous and tribal peoples of Suriname, in order to provide further guidance on the practical steps necessary to move forward with securing indigenous and tribal land rights, in accordance with relevant international treaties to which Suriname is a part," Mr. Anaya said at the end of the first visit ever to the country by a human rights independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council.

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mapa-sudamericaThe Special Rapporteur has released his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Argentina. The report is the result of the country visit conducted by the Special Rapporteur from 27 November to 7 December 2011. The report addresses the main concerns raised during the visit and presents a number of observations and recommendations. The main issues covered include the rights of indigenous peoples to their lands and natural resources, extractive and commercial agricultural activities, access to justice, evictions of indigenous communities and social protest, and the social and economic conditions of indigenous peoples in Argentina, including in the areas of education, health, and development. The report notes, among its main conclusions that despite significant normative developments in the country, the State of Argentina, both at the federal and provincial levels, must prioritize and devote greater efforts to ensure the rights of indigenous peoples. See the report here (advanced unedited version, Spanish only).

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hrcDuring the Fifth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (9-13 July 2012), Special Rapporteur James Anaya presented his annual statement in which he informed about his thematic work on the issue of extractive industries during the past year. The Special Rapporteur also made a statement during the inter-active dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples where he urged UN member States to renew their commitment to the standards contained in the Declaration and work in good faith towards its implementation. In addition, he held parallel meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations in order to discuss specific cases of allegations of human rights violations.

See opening statement to the Expert Mechanism and statement made during the interactive dialogue on the Declaration.


sapmi-anayaThe Special Rapporteur was in Jokkmokk, Sweden, on 18 and 19 June 2012, where he participated in conference on mining and other natural resource extraction in the Sápmi, the Sami territory that traverses the northern parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Russian Federation. The conference, which was organized by the Swedish Sami Association, provided the Special Rapporteur the opportunity to hear the concerns of Sami representatives, particularly with regard to the impacts of extractive industries on Sami reindeer herding, and to also hear the perspectives of government and industry representatives who were present. In a presentation at the conference, the Special Rapporteur emphasized the need for effective domestic legislation, along with corporate social responsibility policies, to protect indigenous peoples’ rights in the context of proposed or existing extractive activities.

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