James Anaya




IACHR and UN Rapporteurs Lead Seminar on the Protection of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print
07 June 2010

logo-oas-enUN Special Rapporteur James Anaya and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Dinah Shelton, led a training seminar for indigenous leaders and lawyers from the United States and Canada, in Washington, D.C. on June 3 and 4 at the offices of the Organization of American States. The seminar was aimed at providing training on the Inter-American and UN human rights systems, especially as they relate to the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. See Press Release.

Companies must respect the human rights of indigenous peoples (May 2010) Print
25 May 2010

seminar_logo_resizeIf private companies engage in development activities on indigenous territories, they must be aware of and respect international human rights standards concerning indigenous peoples and deal with indigenous peoples as equal partners in the development projects,” Special Rapporteur James Anaya told representatives of oil and gas companies at a seminar in Cartagena, Colombia. The seminar, Interculturalism and the Oil & Gas Industry in Latin America & the Caribbean, was organized by the Regional Association of Oil and Natural Gas Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL), and took place on May 24 and 25, 2010. In his presentation the Special Rapporteur stressed that development projects on indigenous territories should take place only with the free, prior and informed consent of the affected indigenous communities. See highlights of the Special Rapporteur’s presentation at the seminar. [English] [Spanish].

Human rights defenders continue to pay with their lives in Mexico, warn UN experts (May 2010) Print
12 May 2010

oaxaca_resizeUN Special Rapporteur James Anaya joined a group of UN experts in condemning the recent killing of human rights defender Ms. Beatriz Alberta (Bety) Cariño Trujillo and the international observer Mr. Tyri Antero Jaakkola in Oaxaca, Mexico. "The increase of armed clashes and violence in the community of San Juan Copala over the past few months is affecting not only the armed groups involved but also the population of the district, most of them women and children belonging to the Triqui indigenous community,” he stated with concern. See Press Release.

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Adoption of Consultation Law by Congress of Peru is a Positive Step for Indigenous Rights Print
12 May 2010

peru_map_resizeThe Special Rapporteur underscores that the passage by the Congress of Peru of the Law on the Rights to Prior Consultation with Indigenous Peoples, recognized in Convention No. 169 of the International Labour Organisation “represents a significant advancement in national legislation concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, which could establish an important precedent as a ‘best practice’ for other countries in the region and in the world.” The Special Rapporteur also calls upon the executive branch to enact the law within the period required under Peruvian law, and emphasizes that the law should be implemented in a manner consisted with Peru’s international human rights obligations. See Press Release (Spanish only).

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Arizona: UN experts warn against “a disturbing legal pattern hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants” (May 2010) Print
10 May 2010

arizona_resizeA group of UN human rights experts expressed serious concern over a series of laws recently enacted by the state of Arizona, United States of America, that may have significant discriminatory effects on ethnic minorities and groups, especially those of Mexican, Latin American, or indigenous origin. One of the laws requires police, after a lawful detention, to interrogate individuals about their immigration status upon “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country illegally and may lead to interrogation of person primarily on the basis of their perceived ethnic characteristics; another law is aimed at suppressing or even eliminating public school programs that feature the histories and cultures of ethnic minorities. See Press Release.

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Development programs should aim to advance indigenous peoples self-determination (Apr. 2010) Print
30 April 2010

perm_forumDevelopment projects need to incorporate into their objectives the right of indigenous people to self-determination, said Special Rapporteur James Anaya in his address to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during its ninth session. Improving the educational opportunities for indigenous people and strengthening their institutions and self-government structures are essential for enabling indigenous communities to take control of their own affairs, to ensure that development processes are aligned with their own cultural values, as well as to participate as equal partners in development projects benefiting the larger societies. See Full Statement.

Nordic Sami Convention would strengthen the human rights of Sami in the Nordic region (Apr. 2010) Print
20 April 2010

rovaniemi_resizeNordic governments and Sami organizations have achieved notable progress in advancing the human rights of the indigenous people in the Sapmi region, said Special Rapporteur James Anaya after a three day conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, where he met with representatives of Sami Parliaments, NGOs, and the governments of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Many challenges remain, he continued, and positive efforts would be strengthened by successfully negotiating the formation of a Nordic Sami Convention to address the common challenges of Sami people living in this region spanning across several country boundaries. See Press Release.

Government programs in Australia need reform to advance indigenous self-determination and avoid racial discrimination (March 2010) Print
20 March 2010

australia1_resizeThe Government of Australia is to be commended for various programs aimed at reducing the disadvantaged conditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; however, in a number of respects these programs should be better devised to advance the cultural integrity and self-determination of these peoples, says Special Rapporteur James Anaya in a report following a visit to the country. Especially troublesome, he says, is the government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response, which includes a series of aggressive measures that discriminate against aboriginal people in a manner incompatible with Australia’s Human Rights obligations. See Press Release and Report.

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Respect for cultural diversity, participation and redress for historical wrongs are key issues for indigenous peoples in Botswana (Feb. 2010) Print
20 February 2010

botswanaDespite government programs aimed at improving the economic conditions of the Basarwa (San) and other indigenous peoples in Botswana, these peoples continue to suffer disadvantage, concludes a report by Special Rapportuer James Anaya. Government programs in Botswana should be better adapted to advance the rights of disadvantaged indigenous peoples in accordance with contemporary international standards, he says. See Press Release and Report.

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Colombia should address indigenous peoples' issues with more urgency (Jan. 2010) Print
20 January 2010

colombia_resizeThe State of Colombia has devoted significant attention to indigenous issues and to the development of plans and proposals to address the recommendations of the former Special Rapporteur, but indigenous peoples in the country continue to face serious problems which have not been addressed with the urgency that the gravity of the situation merits, says Special Rapporteur James Anaya in a report following a visit to the country to examine progress made after his predecessor's visit there. See Press Release and Report.

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