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Special Rapporteur publishes report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Namibia Print
02 May 2013

namibiaGENEVA (2 May 2013) Today the Special Rapporteur made public his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in Namibia. The report was developed on the basis of research and information gathered by the Special Rapporteur during an official visit to the country from 20 to 28 September 2012. In the report, the Special Rapporteur calls on the Government to "strengthen measures to ensure that minority indigenous peoples can survive with their cultures intact in the fullest sense, including in regard to their traditional lands, authorities, and languages."

The report notes innovative land restitution efforts and land management arrangements carried out by the Government while also highlighting under-representation of indigenous peoples that are ethnically distinct from the majority tribes of Namibia in decision-making at local and national levels, among other issues.

See the United Nations news release here and the report here.

 
Special Rapporteur presents keynote at the conference convened by the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen to address the duty of prior consultation Print
28 April 2013

lima-25042013On 25 April 2013 the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples made a keynote speech at the conference, "The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Prior Consultation: The Role of the Ombudsmen in Latin America", which was convened by the Ibero-American Federation of Ombudsmen, in Lima, Peru. The conference brought together the Ombudsmen and heads of national human rights institutions throughout Latin America, as wells as indigenous leaders and government officials from Peru.

See the conference program and the full text of the Special Rapporteur's speech (spanish)

 
Meetings with the Special Rapporteur during the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print
12 April 2013

foro-onuOn 20 and 21 May 2013, Special Rapporteur James Anaya will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in New York. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations.

How to request a meeting with the Special Rapporteur, click here

 
Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Print
12 April 2013

foro-onuOn 20 and 21 May 2013, Special Rapporteur James Anaya will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in New York. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling within his mandate, including allegations of human rights violations. For more information on the mandate of the Special Rapporteur,click here.

 

How to request a meeting with the Special Rapporteur

Requests for a meeting during the Permanent Forum session should be submitted in writing and contain information on the issues to be presented to the Special Rapporteur, or refer to written information previously submitted to him. All requests should also state the names of the persons who will be attending the meeting. Requests should be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information on submitting written information to the Special Rapporteur, please click here.

Because of time limitations, the Special Rapporteur will not be able to meet with all those who request a meeting. Priority will be given to those who submit a request and corresponding written information by 6 May 2013. Whether a meeting is granted, along with information about location and time of the meeting, will be indicated by 13 May 2013.

Pre-registration for the Permanent Forum

Please note that to meet with the Special Rapporteur during the Permanent Forum, you must also pre-register for its twelfth session. For more information, see the Permanent Forum's accreditation page: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/UNPFIISessions/Twelfth.aspx

 
Special Rapporteur and regional human rights institutions exchange information on their respective work promoting and protecting indigenous peoples rights Print
08 April 2013

hr-commissionsOn 5 and 6 April 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated in an "Exchange Workshop on Indigenous Peoples' Rights Between the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights" in Banjul, the Gambia.

During the meeting, the Special Rapporteur presented his work in the African context and globally and exchanged information with the various mechanisms on common challenges and objectives for the promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples in their respective work areas. The workshop took place prior to the session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, which takes place from 9-23 April 2013.

See Final Communiqué of the Exchange Workshop on Indigenous Peoples' Rights

 
World Bank operational policies must be in line with the United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples Print
27 March 2013

worldbankOn 21 and 22 March 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated in an "Expert Focus Group Seminar on Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Indigenous Peoples" and a "High Level Meeting on Engagement and Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples", hosted by the World Bank. The meetings, which took place in Manila, Philippines, were carried out the context of the World Bank's review of its environmental and social safeguard policies, including its Operational Policy 4.10 on indigenous peoples, which apply to the Bank's lending for investments in specific projects.

In his statements at the meetings, the Special Rapporteur emphasized that the revised policy should be consistent with rights of indigenous peoples affirmed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He further urged that the policies that apply to all the Bank's financial and technical assistance, and not just its investment lending, be reviewed to ensure consistency with the Declaration.

Link: Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies: Consultation Phase 1

 
Joint Communications Report of Special Procedures Mandate Holders Print
15 March 2013

logo-oacnudhThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released the latest Joint Communications Report of Special Procedures Mandate Holder for communications sent between from 1 June and 30 November 2012 and replies received between 1 August 2012 and 31 January 2013. The report also includes replies received between 1 August 2012 and 31 January 2013, relating to communications sent by special procedures mandate holders before 1 June 2012. 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 Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Suriname, United States and Venezuela.

See the report here

 
Key information gathered during consultation on rights of indigenous peoples in Asia region in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Print
13 March 2013

consultation-asia-region13 March 2013 - The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, finalized his two-day consultation with indigenous representatives from countries throughout the Asia region to gather information about key issues affecting their peoples.

Representatives provided oral and written information on various issues including lands, territories and resources with a focus on extractive industries; militarization and impact of national security measures of Governments; and self-determination and identity. Indigenous peoples from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar were represented at the consultation. The Special Rapporteur will be producing a report on the consultation, which will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2013. The consultation was organized and hosted by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Malaysia National Human Rights Institution, SUHAKAM.

 

 
The application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples discussed at a dialogue about the Special Rapporteur’s report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States Print
13 February 2013

tucson-2013Tucson (13 February 2013) – At the University of Arizona College of Law, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, engaged in a dialogue with indigenous leaders and experts to exchange ideas and comments on the findings contained in his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States, which was published in August 2012. Among the issues discussed during the dialogue were the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples domestically; the need for further dissemination of the Declaration and the Special Rapporteur's report among indigenous peoples and general society; ongoing concerns over the protection of indigenous traditional lands and sacred sites; the implementation of the principles of consultation and free, prior and informed consent; and ways at achieving reconciliation.

See the United States country report here. See the web-cast of the dialogue here.

 
WIPO Instrument on genetic resources and traditional knowledge should reflect developments in international law and policy relating to indigenous peoples Print
04 February 2013

ompi wipoThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, provided the keynote address at the Indigenous panel that opened the current session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee, which is part of the World Intellectual Property Organization, is meeting to discuss a draft instrument on intellectual property rights and the protection of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. In his statement, the Special Rapporteur examined how the concepts of state sovereignty and property, which have been central to discussions at the Intergovernmental Committee, relate to the rights of indigenous peoples.

He provided a historical background outlining how conventional concepts of state sovereignty and property rights were detrimental to indigenous peoples, and how recent developments in decision-making at the international level have led to new understandings of these concepts. The Special Rapporteur discussed the special relevance that these developments have for the rights of indigenous peoples to genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Finally, the Special Rapporteur commented on the draft instrument that is the subject of negotiations.
See the full statement here. For information on the work of the Intergovernmental Committee click here.

 


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