Category Archives: Notes

Special Rapporteur participates in the annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, provides comments on access to justice for indigenous peoples

From 8 to12 July 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, participated in the sixth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the last session in which he will participate prior to the end of his mandate in April 2014. The Special Rapporteur spoke at the… Read More »

Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has release the latest Joint Communications Report of the Special Procedures Mandate Holders for communications sent between 1 December 2012 and 28 February 2013 and replies received between 1 February and 30 April 2013. The report contains letters sent by the Special Rapporteur James Anaya and… Read More »

Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples during the sixth session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

During the week of 8 – 12 July 2013, Special Rapporteur James Anaya will hold individual meetings with representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations during the sixth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. Representatives of indigenous peoples and organizations may request a meeting with him concerning matters falling… Read More »

Keynote address at World Indigenous Network Conference: Conservation efforts should advance rights of indigenous peoples

On 27 May 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples delivered a keynote address at the inaugural conference of the World Indigenous Network, in Darwin, Australia. In his presentation he addressed the advances and ongoing challenges worldwide for implementation of the internationally recognized rights of indigenous peoples, especially in the context of… Read More »

Ecuador: Special Rapporteur calls for end to violence between Waorani and Tagaeri-Taromenane indigenous peoples

GENEVA (16 May 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya,has maintained a dialogue with the Government of Ecuador in which he urged the Government to adopt measures necessary to prevent further violence between the indigenous Tagaeri-Taromenane and Waorani peoples of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, located in the… Read More »

Roundtable discussion on international standards of consultation and consent

On 2 May 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in a roundtable discussion in London, United Kingdom,which brought together representatives of indigenous representatives, business enterprises, and non-governmental organizations to discuss issues related to consultation and free, prior and informed consent in relation to extractive activities. The discussion took place in the context of the launching ofa… Read More »

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

On 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… Read More »

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

On 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… Read More »

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

On 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… Read More »

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

On 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… Read More »

Joint Communications Report of Special Procedures Mandate Holders

The 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… Read More »

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

13 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… Read More »

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

Tucson (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,… Read More »

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

The 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… Read More »

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

The 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… Read More »

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

The 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… Read More »

Comments on draft consultation regulation – Chile

The 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. See the Special Rapportuer`s comments and the draft regulation (Spanish… Read More »

Approaches and challenges regarding extractive industries operating in or near indigenous territories discussed at conference in Tucson, Arizona

TUCSON (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… Read More »

Namibia: UN expert calls for greater inclusion of indigenous peoples at all levels

The 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… Read More »