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“Broken treaties must become a thing of the past”. UN expert calls for reconciliation with indigenous peoples Print
09 August 2013

jamesanaya-onuGENEVA (9 August 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today urged Governments worldwide to respect all agreements -new and old- with indigenous peoples to provide a basis for much needed reconciliation and overcome all obstacles to the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights. “Full respect for treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements is a crucial element in advancing toward reconciliation with indigenous peoples,” the expert said on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

With respect to new treaties and agreements being developed, including in relation to extractive industries operating in or near indigenous lands, the UN expert underscored that these should be consistent with international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, both in relation to indigenous participation in these processes as well as in terms of substantive outcomes. “In no instance should new treaties or agreements fall below or undermine the standards set forth in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or established in other international sources,” he said. “Broken treaties must become a thing of the past,” he stressed.

See full press release here

 
Special Rapporteur issues report on extractive industries and indigenous peoples Print
06 August 2013

hrc-genevaThe annual thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, which he will present to the Human Rights Council in September 2013,addresses issues related to extractive industries and implications that they have for the rights of indigenous peoples. In the report, the Special Rapporteur systematically sets forth a series of observations and recommendations regarding models of natural resource development, the obligations of States, the responsibilities of companies, consultation processes, and the principle of free, prior and informed consent to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, within the context of challenges posed by extractive industries on a global scale. These observations and recommendations build upon the Special Rapporteur'sprevious reports and draw on information gathered through country visits, seminars, written submission from various sources and independent research.

The Special Rapporteur invites indigenous peoples, governments, companies, and NGOs to an open dialogue on the report anditsrecommendations. To this end, the Special Rapporteur will conduct an on-line seminar on his website within the coming weeks and engage in an inter-active dialogue with interested parties in Geneva in September in connection with his presentation of the report to the Human Rights Council.

See the complete report here


 
Panama: UN expert calls for recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights Print
26 July 2013

anaya-panamaThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, concluded his official visit to Panama today. In his final statement upon concluding the mission, Mr. Anaya stated that indigenous peoples of the country are calling for greater recognition and protection of their territories and natural resources. During his visit, the Special Rapporteur also heard indigenous peoples throughout the country express concerns regarding a lack of respect and deference by State authorities towards decisions by indigenous authorities.

Mr. Anaya noted that "...it is necessary to consolidate and implement State public policies in favor of the rights of indigenous peoples in a manner that is coherent with international standards." The Special Rapporteur also stated that "... an important advancement for the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples would be the ratification of International Labour Organization Convention No. 169 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries. Panama is one of the few countries in Latin America that has not yet ratified the Convention. Convention No. 169 is an instrument that compliments the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly with an affirmative vote by Panama."

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

See media coverage

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Panama: UN expert to study situation of indigenous peoples in the country Print
17 July 2013

panamaGENEVA / PANAMA CITY (17 July 2013) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Panama from 19 to 26 July 2013, to study the situation of indigenous groups the country.

“I hope this visit will contribute to raising awareness of the concerns of indigenous peoples in Panama, including ngäbe bugle, guna, embera, wounaan, bri bri and naso people, concerns that are often ignored by the societies in which they live”, said Mr. Anaya, who visited the country in 2009 to assess the situation of indigenous communities affected by the Chan 75 hydroelectric project. In announcing his official mission to Panama, the UN independent expert expressed his desire to “get a better understanding of the views of indigenous peoples, representatives of the Government and other stakeholders on the advances and challenges that exist with regard to enjoyment of human rights of indigenous peoples in the country.

During his seven-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with Government officials and representatives of indigenous peoples in Panama City and will travel to the indigenous territories of Ngäbe Bugle, Guna Yala and Embera Wounaan.

See Press release

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Special Rapporteur participates in the annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, provides comments on access to justice for indigenous peoples Print
12 July 2013

emrip 2013From 8 to12 July 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, participated in the sixth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the last session in which he will participate prior to the end of his mandate in April 2014. The Special Rapporteur spoke at the opening panel, during which he discussed his coordination with the Expert Mechanism and provided comments related to the Expert Mechanism’s study on access to justice.

He also presented at the panel on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and participated in an inter-active dialogue on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the role of regional mechanisms in advancing indigenous peoples’ rights. In accordance with his usual practice, the Special Rapporteur held numerous parallel meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations, who presented to him cases of allegations of human rights violations and other relevant information.

See documents:  Opening Statement; Statement on panel on the UN Declaration; Statement on panel on the World Conference

 
Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders Print
15 June 2013

acnudhThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has release the latest Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders for communications sent between 1 December 2012 and 28 February 2013 and replies received between 1 February and 30 April 2013.

The report contains letters sent by the Special Rapporteur James Anaya and replies received from governments concerning cases of alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples. Cases examined by the Special Rapporteur reflected in the report are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia Federation, and the United States of America.

See the Report here

 
Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the sixth session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print
09 June 2013

geneva-hrcDuring the week of 8 - 12 July 2013, Special Rapporteur James Anaya will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the sixth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.
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Keynote address at World Indigenous Network Conference: Conservation efforts should advance rights of indigenous peoples Print
29 May 2013

win-2013On 27 May 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples delivered a keynote address at the inaugural conference of the World Indigenous Network, in Darwin, Australia. In his presentation he addressed the advances and ongoing challenges worldwide for implementation of the internationally recognized rights of indigenous peoples, especially in the context of land and natural resource conservation programs.

See the conference Program here, and see Videos here.   Media coverage here

 
Special Rapporteur participates in twelfth session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print
23 May 2013

jamesanaya-unpfii-2013From 20 to 22 May 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated in the twelfth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. During his time at the Forum, the Special Rapporteur held parallel meetings with numerous indigenous representatives, who presented documentation regarding cases of alleged violations of their human rights. In his statement to the Permanent Forum, the Special Rapporteur provided updates on the activities he has carried out throughout the year, and some comments relevant to the mandate of the Permanent Forum to provide expert advice on indigenous issues to the programmes, funds and agencies of the United Nations.

See full statement     -   See video

 
Ecuador: Special Rapporteur calls for end to violence between Waorani and Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples Print
16 May 2013

ecuadorGENEVA (16 May 2013) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya,has maintained a dialogue with the Government of Ecuador in which he urged the Government to adopt measures necessary to prevent further violence between the indigenous Tagaeri-Taromenane and Waorani peoples of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

According to information received by the UN expert, several members of the Taromenane people were killed as the result of an assault carried out by Waorani people in March in the province of Orellana. During the attack, two Taromenane girls were also abducted. The assault took place after the death of two elderly Waorani on 5 March 2013, which was attributed to the Taromenane who live in isolation.

See the press release (In Spanish)


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