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Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Indigenous Rights Print
05 February 2014

wipologoOn 3 February 2014, the Special Rapporteur gave the keynote speech at the indigenous panel entitled "Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources: What is at Stake for Indigenous Peoples?", which commenced the 26th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. In his statement, the Special Rapporteur provided an overview of the human rights principles regarding indigenous peoples that should guide the Intergovernmental Committee as it undertakes negotiations on the development an international legal instrument for the protection of traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources. Professor Anaya also offered comments on the Consolidated Document Relating to Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/26/4), being discussed during the session.

See the presentation here

 
Meeting with Leonard Peltier Print
24 January 2014

Leonard PeltierUSA (24 January 2014) - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, today met with Leonard Peltier at the federal penitentiary located in Coleman, Florida where Mr. Peltier is incarcerated.

Mr. Peltier is an activist and leader in the American Indian Movement and was convicted in 1977 following the deaths of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during a clash on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. After a trial that has been criticized by many as involving numerous due process problems, Mr. Peltier was sentenced to two life sentences for murder, and has been denied parole on various occasions. Pleas for presidential consideration of clemency by notable individuals and institutions have not borne fruit.

In his 2012 report, "The situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America", Professor Anaya recommended that measures of reconciliation with the country's indigenous peoples should include efforts to identify and heal particular sources of open wounds that they continue to experience, including new or renewed consideration for clemency for Leonard Peltier.

 
Sexual health and reproductive rights deserve focused attention within the broader topic of indigenous health Print

unpfii(New York 15 – 17 January 2014) The Special Rapporteur discussed the importance of giving focused attention to sexual health and reproductive rights within the broader topic of indigenous health at the UN Permanent Forum – sponsored International Expert Group Meeting on the theme: "Sexual health and reproductive rights: article 21, 22(1), 23 and 24 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" held in New York. The Special Rapporteur provided an opening statement discussing barriers indigenous peoples face in realizing their right to health, including inadequate access to health care, a lack of culturally appropriate health services and contamination of indigenous lands and natural resources.

Read the Special Rapporteur's full statement

See: Information on the expert group meeting

 
Kenya. Embobut Forest: UN rights expert calls for the protection of indigenous people facing eviction Print
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.

 
UN Special Rapporteur: Statement upon conclusion of the visit to Peru Print
13 December 2013

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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

 
Mission to Peru: UN expert examine effect of extractive industries on indigenous peoples Print
06 December 2013

logo-oacnudhGENEVA / LIMA.  The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Peru from 6 to 13 December 2013 to study the situation of indigenous peoples in the country . The mission of Mr. Anaya will focus specifically on the impact of extractive industries on the rights of indigenous peoples, including issues of consultation and consent and the effect of these activities on indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation or initial contact.

“I hope to gain a better understanding of the views of indigenous peoples, government representatives and other stakeholders on the achievements and challenges that exist with regard to extractive industries and human rights of indigenous peoples in Peru,” the UN independent expert said.

During his eight-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with officials of the Government of Peru in Lima and indigenous representatives, and travel to Andean and Amazonian regions within the country to examine specific cases in those areas.

At the conclusion of his mission, on Friday, 13 December, Mr. Anaya will present his preliminary findings at a press conference that will be held at 1 pm (13:00 hours) in Lima, in el Complejo Pérez de Cuéllar, sitio en Av. Pérez Araníbar (Ex. Av. Del Ejército) #750, Magdalena del Mar, Sala Interagencial.

See Press release
 
Special Rapporteur participates in the second annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights Print
05 December 2013

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. 

 
Working visit to Guatemala Print
28 November 2013

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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Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples will visit Peru Print
22 November 2013

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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Brazil: Seminar on business and indigenous rights Print
08 November 2013

brazilOn 6 November 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated by videoconference in a seminar on business and human rights organized by the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations from the Brazilian Amazon. Indigenous leaders from various regions of Brazil attended the 3-day seminar in Brasilia to improve their capacity and knowledge regarding the human rights of indigenous peoples in the context of business activities, including agribusiness, hydroelectric, oil and gas ventures, and mining.

 


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