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Canada: UN expert calls for meaningful dialogue with indigenous leaders after weeks of protests Print
09 January 2013

oacnudhGENEVA (8 January 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, urged the Government of Canada and Aboriginal leaders to undertake meaningful dialogue in light of First Nations protests and a month-long hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation.

"I am encouraged by reports that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has agreed to meet with First Nations Chiefs and leadership on 11 January 2013 to discuss issues related to Aboriginal and treaty rights as well as economic development," Mr. Anaya said. "Both the Government of Canada and First Nations representatives must take full advantage of this opportunity to rebuild relationships in a true spirit of good faith and partnership."

The announcement of the meeting followed weeks of protests carried out by Aboriginal leaders and activists within a movement referred to as 'Idle no more.'

See the full statement here.

 
Role of three UN Mechanisms in World Conference 2014 discussed at preparation meeting in Guatemala Print
26 December 2012

gt-foroThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, together with members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples met in Guatemala from 19 to 22 December 2012 to discuss preparations for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, which will be convened by the UN General Assembly in 2014. The meeting included participation in ceremonies to mark the Oxlajuuj B'aqtun, the change of the era in the Maya calendar.

While in Guatemala, the Special Rapporteur also participated in a "National Forum on indigenous peoples and natural resources: perspectives for inclusive development" as well as in informal meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and the private sector.

GA Resolution A/RES/66/296: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

 
UN Declaration on rights of indigenous peoples presents way forward for engagement with indigenous peoples in Commonwealth countries Print
15 December 2012

commonwealth-mapThe Special Rapporteur gave the keynote address at the Commonwealth International Human Rights Day expert panel entitled "Strengthened Rights Protection for Indigenous Peoples", which was organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat to commemorate International Human Rights Day, on 10 December 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his statement, Professor Anaya emphasized that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presents the way forward for engagement with indigenous peoples in a succession of steps in the process of shedding the legacies of colonization. He urged the Commonwealth to reflect on the Declaration with a view towards developing measures to implement its terms within Commonwealth countries.

The Commonwealth is an association of 54 countries that have historical links and that now work together in various areas of shared concern. See www.thecommonwealth.org

 
Guiding principles on business and human rights of the Human Rights Council must be applied to include rights affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Print
12 December 2012

2012-bhrforumThe Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, participated in the first Forum on Business and Human Rights on 4 and 5 December 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Special Rapporteur spoke at a panel on business affecting indigenous peoples. In his statement, Professor Anaya emphasized that there is a "need for change in the current state of affairs if indigenous rights standards are to have a meaningful effect on State and corporate policies and action as they relate to indigenous peoples". He also provided an update on his ongoing study on the issue of extractive industries affecting indigenous peoples.

See the full statement here.

 
Comments on draft consultation regulation - Chile Print
29 November 2012
logo-oacnudhThe Special Rapporteur presents his comments to a draft regulation on indigenous consultation and participation developed by the Government of Chile.  In a meeting in Tucson, Arizona on 27 November, the Special Rapporteur discussed the draft regulation with a delegation of the Government of Chile.
 
Approaches and challenges regarding extractive industries operating in or near indigenous territories discussed at conference in Tucson, Arizona Print
13 November 2012

uofaTUCSON (13 November 2012) The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, met with representatives of business enterprises and other stakeholders to discuss issues related to natural resource extraction affecting indigenous peoples. The meeting, which took place in the context of the Special Rapporteur's ongoing study on the issue, consisted of several panels and break out sessions. These focused on, among other issues, company policies and practices related to indigenous peoples, case studies involving experiences with negotiations with indigenous communities, and ongoing challenges.

The meeting was hosted in collaboration with the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona and provided valuable input to the Special Rapporteur's report on the issue of extractive industries, which will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in September 2013. This consultation complements numerous other consultations that the Special Rapporteur has been conducting with indigenous peoples around the world through his country visits and various meetings.

See meeting agenda

 
Annual Report to General Assembly highlights need to harmonize activities within the United Nations that affect indigenous Peoples Print
20 October 2012
onu-gaIn his fourth annual report to the General Assembly, which will be presented to the Assembly's Third Committee on 22 October 2012 in New York, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples provides a summary of his activities over the past year. The report also discusses the need to harmonize the myriad of activities within the United Nations system that affect indigenous peoples and provides a review of specific UN processes and programs. The Special Rapporteur notes that the United Nations has done important work to promote the rights of indigenous peoples but that greater effort is needed to ensure that all actions within the UN system that affect indigenous peoples are in harmony with international standards, particularly those standards articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

See the report to the General Assembly here.

 
Guatemala. UN experts call for an investigation into the violence in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán Print
12 October 2012

oacGeneva (12 October 2012) A group of United Nations independent experts, including the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, issued a press release today urging the Government of Guatemala to clarify the violent events that occurred on 4 October 2012 in the locality of Cumbre de Alaska, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá that resulted in the death of 6 indigenous persons, as well as 33 indigenous community members and 13 members of the military being injured.

"We urge the Government of Guatemala to continue to impartially investigate the events that occurred in order to determine the responsibility of not only those that participated in carrying out the crimes, but also of those in the chain of command," said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, and the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai.

See the press release (in Spanish)


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Namibia: UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples at all levels Print
28 September 2012

anaya-rapporteurThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, said today that indigenous communities in Namibia are demanding greater inclusion in decision-making at levels, increased educational opportunities and full recognition of traditional authorities representing minority communities.

"Like many other countries around the world that have experienced European colonization and waves of migration, indigenous groups that are in the minority in Namibia have suffered injustices in the past that leave them disadvantaged, to varying degrees, in the present," Mr. Anaya said at the end of his nine-day official visit to the country.

Read press release here.  See full end-of-mission statement here

 
Namibia: First visit by a UN expert on the rights of indigenous peoples Print
19 September 2012

map1-namibiaGENEVA (19 September 2012) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Namibia from 20 to 28 September 2012, to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in that country. This will be the first mission to Namibia by an independent expert designated by the UN Human Rights Council to report on the rights of the indigenous peoples.

"I will examine the situation of indigenous peoples in Namibia in, among others, the areas of lands and resources, development, and social and economic rights, in light of relevant international standards including those in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 2007 with an affirmative vote by Namibia," he said. The Special Rapporteur will carry out meetings with representatives of the Government of Namibia and with indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations, in the capital city Windhoek, as well as in the regions of Tsumkwe, West Caprivi, Okuakuejo, and Opuko.

See press release


 


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