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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz begins as new Special Rapporteur Print
02 June 2014

vicky tauli-copruzOn 2 June 2014 Victoria Tauli-Corpuz assumed her responsibilities as the new Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, replacing Professor James Anaya. Once again Professor Anaya congratulates Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and wishes her success.

The contact information for the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which may be used to reach Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, remains the same.

 
Special Rapporteur Anaya makes final statement to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print
22 May 2014

sjanaya2014On 20 May 2014 Professor James Anaya made his final presentation, in his capacity as Special Rapporteur, to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its annual session in New York. In his statement he reported on his activities over the past year, including his reports on visits to Canada, Panama and Peru, and he welcomed the appointment of his successor, Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, who will become the next Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples on 2 June 2014.

Additionally, he discussed aspects of the international indigenous rights movement that have been key to the progress it has made and that will continue to be important to bridge the gap between the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights and the implementation of those rights. During the interactive dialogue following his statement Professor Anaya heard from a range of representatives of indigenous peoples and States, as well as from several members of the Permanent Forum.

See full statement, in Spanish and English

 
Special Rapporteur releases reports on Panama, Canada and Peru Print
12 May 2014

oacnudh[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.

See reports: Panama, Canada, Peru

 
Congratulations to Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, the next Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Print

vickytaulicorpuzGeneva (8 May 2014) – Today the Human Rights Council appointed Ms. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz to the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Professor Anaya, the current Special Rapporteur said, "I warmly congratulate Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and am confident she will do excellent work as the new Special Rapporteur".

Ms. Tauli-Corpuz, who is from the Philippines, has been active as an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples for many years, having served previously as the Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She will assume her responsibilities as Special Rapporteur and replace professor Anaya the first week of June.

See press release HRC

 
Special Rapporteur in Chile Print
22 April 2014

chileapril2014The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, visited Chile from 14 to 16 April 2014 to give a lecture on the duty of the State to consult with indigenous peoples during a conference organized by the Universidad Diego Portales. He also made a keynote speech during a meeting of various business enterprises by Global Compact Chile on the “Relationship of Companies and Indigenous Peoples in the Field of Human Rights.” While he was in Chile, the Special Rapporteur also met with several representatives of the State, as well as delegations of representatives of indigenous peoples, NGOs and academics. During the meeting, views on the key challenges for the protection of rights of indigenous peoples in Chile were exchanged.

See reports 2009 and 2012

See media coverage

Tags: Chile
 
USA: ‘Redskins’ Team mascot hurtful reminder of past suffering of Native Americans Print
11 April 2014

logo-oacnudhGENEVA (11 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today called on the owners of the Washington Redskins Football team, to consider "the hurtful reminder that the term 'redskins' represents of the long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States."

"While I am aware that there are some divergent views on this issue," the human rights expert said, "I urge the team owners to consider that the term 'redskin' for many is inextricably linked to a history of suffering and dispossession, and that it is understood to be a pejorative and disparaging term that fails to respect and honour the historical and cultural legacy of the Native Americans in the US."

In a 2012 report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the US, the Special Rapporteur likewise stressed that "the use of stereotypes obscures understanding of the reality of Native Americans today and instead help to keep alive racially discriminatory attitudes."

See full press release


 
Special Rapporteur in Bolivia Print
01 April 2014

janayaboliviaThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, delivered a lecture on international human rights and indigenous peoples at a conference hosted by the Andean University Simón Bolivar and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in La Paz, Bolivia while in La Paz from 25 to 27 March 2014. During his stay, the Special Rapporteur conducted informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and the Government of Bolivia regarding key issues affecting indigenous peoples in the country, including issues related to the development of a law on consultation.

See the conference here

 
Special Rapporteur releases observations on the proposed expansion of the Camisea natural gas project in Peru Print
24 March 2014

jamesanayaonuThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, presents a series of observations and recommendations regarding the initiatives being carried out to expand the Camisea natural gas extraction project within Lote 88 in Cusco, Peru. The proposed expansion will potentially affect indigenous peoples living within and adjacent to Lote 88, including indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation or initial contact. The Special Rapporteur's observations were developed following exchanges of information with the Government of Peru, indigenous representatives, non-governmental organizations, and the Pluspetrol company, including during a visit to the country in December 2013. In the coming months, the Special Rapporteur will make public his full report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Peru in the context of extractive industries.

See the report here (spanish)


Tags: Peru
 
Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders Print
07 March 2014

logo-oacnudhThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released the latest Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders for communications sent between 1 June and 30 November 2013 and replies received between 1 August 2013 and 31 January 2014. The report also includes responses received from communications sent prior to the report dates (A/HRC/25/74).

The report contains letters sent by the Special Rapporteur James Anaya and replies received from government concerning cases of alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples. Communications sent and replies received during the reporting period are from Argentina, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Israel, Kenya, Nicaragua, Philippines, United Republic of Tanzania, and the United States of America. The Special Rapporteur also examined issues regarding the IAMGOLD Corporation and UNESCO's World Heritage Centre.

See the report here


 
Namibia: Discussion on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of indigenous peoples of Namibia Print
12 February 2014

NamibiaOn 12 February 2014, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated by videoconference in a discussion with indigenous peoples and organizations, members of civil society, and government officials regarding his report on the situation of indigenous peoples of Namibia(A/HRC/24/41/Add.1), which was made public in June 2013. The event was organized by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-Coordinating Committee (IPACC), the Open Society of Southern Africa (Osisa), the Legal Assistance Centre of Namibia (LAC), and the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in Southern Africa (WIMSA), and hosted by the United Nations country team in Windhoek.

See the Namibia report here

 
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