Права человека и права коренных народов в системе ООН
Los derechos humanos de Las Naciones Unidas y los derechos de los pueblos indígenas
UNDRIP for Indigenous adolescents
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas and Robert Dunbar
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous
peoples, James Anaya
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human
rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people
State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS. Indigenous communities that live in traditional forests likes these on the Indonesian island of Lombok are not consulted when such lands are handed over to commercial entities.
They Say the Land is ‘Uninhabited’ but Indigenous Communities Disagree
COLOMBO/BALI - Disregarding the rights of indigenous people to their traditional lands is costing companies millions of dollars each year, and costing communities themselves their lives.

Credit: Luz Mendez. Guatemala
Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial
GUATEMALA CITY - On Oct. 14, Guatemala’s Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled that charges would be brought against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q’eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco, and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.

Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS. Indigenous communities continue to live around the edge of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, which was forced to shut down in 1989.
Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining
SYDNEY - The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years.

Credit: Jeff Tan for 350.org / IPS. Pacific Climate Warriors organised a canoe flotilla in Australia on Oct. 17 to protest against the Australian coal industry and call for action on climate change.
OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now
A group of young Pacific islanders calling themselves the Climate Warriors arrived in Australia this month to mount a protest against the Australian coal industry and call for action on climate change. Kaio Tiira Taula, one of the Climate Warriors, has written this open letter to the people of Australia.

Credit: Stella Paul/IPS. Tribal women handle flowers from the Mahua tree, indigenous to central India. India was one of the first countries to ratify the Nagoya Protocol.
The Nagoya Protocol: A Treaty Waiting to Happen
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea - For over 20 years, Mote Bahadur Pun of Nepal’s western Myagdi district has been growing ‘Paris polyphylla’ – a Himalayan herb used to cure pain, burns and fevers.

Credit: Government of Panama/IPS. Emberá dwellings in a clearing in the rainforest. The Emberá-Wounaan territory covers nearly 4,400 sq km and the indigenous people want to manage the riches of their forest to pull their families out of poverty.
Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests
PANAMA CITY - For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.

Courtesy of Dean Sewell/Oculi for 350.org/IPS. A Pacific Climate Change Warrior paddles into the path of a ship in the world’s biggest coal port to bring attention to the impact of climate change on low-lying islands.
Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port
UNITED NATIONS - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries.

Credit: Mel Frykberg/IPS. Makeshift Bedouin home in a camp east of Jerusalem on the way to Jericho.
Israel Planning Mass Expulsion of Bedouins from West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thirty-year-old Naifa Youssef and 50 other members of her Bedouin community live a precarious life, eking out a hand-to-mouth existence alongside the main road which links Jerusalem with the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Jericho.

Credit: gkrishna63/CC-BY-ND-2.0/IPS. Over the past two decades, 99 percent of India’s vultures have disappeared.
Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea - The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backyard”.

Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS. Customary land remains a vital source of food security, cash incomes and social wellbeing in Pacific Island countries, such as Vanuatu, where formal employment is only 20 percent.
Vanuatu Puts Indigenous Rights First in Land Reform
PORT VILA - Stemming widespread corruption in the leasing of customary land to investors is the aim of bold land reform, introduced this year in the Southwest Pacific Island state of Vanuatu, which puts the rights of traditional landowners above the discretionary powers of politicians.

Credit: Taylor Toeka Kakala/IPS. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the world’s second-largest tropical forest landscape. Here, slash and burn agriculture and charcoal are the main causes of greenhouse gases emissions.
New Global Declaration “Insufficient” to Tackle Deforestation
WASHINGTON - Heads of state, civil society groups and the leaders of some of the world’s largest companies this week urged their peers to sign on to a landmark new global agreement aimed at halting deforestation by 2030, even as others are warning the accord is too lax.

Chabu hunter-gatherers in Ethiopia killed by settlers
Violence against the Chabu has been described as an 'emerging genocide' by experts.
ETHIOPIA - Members of a hunter-gatherer tribe are reportedly being hunted down and killed by settlers who are invading their lands in southwest Ethiopia.

Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS. Multi-million-dollar environmental conservation efforts are running headlong into the interests of small local communities.
Environmental Funding Bypasses Indigenous Communities
BALI, Indonesia - When she talks about the forests in her native Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, Maridiana Deren’s facial expression changes. The calm, almost shy person is transformed into an emotionally charged woman, her fists clench and she stares wide-eyed at whoever is listening to her.

Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS. Paraguayan Indians fight to enforce collective ownership of their land at the Inter-American Court.
New Fund to Build on “Unprecedented Convergence” Around Land Rights
WASHINGTON - Starting next year, a new grant-making initiative will aim to fill what organisers say has been a longstanding gap in international coordination and funding around the recognition of community land rights.

Outcome document for the WCIP 2014 adapted
UN – NEW YORK: After a long process, the long awaited WCIP adapted its consensus outcome document Monday September 22nd, but not without controversies. Canada opposed the document, and one of the Indigenous Peoples caucuses withdrew from the process as well as called off the whole conference.
World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger
SANTIAGO - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people
Final draft of the outcome document to be adapted by UNGA
The final draft of the outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) was released last Friday, and was approved today by the United Nations General Assembly.

Opening remarks by Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- We are here so that States can commit to stronger action to close the gaps in implementation that continue to diminish the impact of the Declaration and other human rights standards.
Indigenous Peoples at Forefront of Historic People’s Climate March in New York City
Over 310,000 people filled the streets of New York City sunday September 21st for the People´s Climate March.

Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the Human Rights Council 2014

Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security
PANAMA CITY - Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops.

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation
WASHINGTON - At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets.
Ministry in charge of indigenous affairs to be dissolved
RUSSIA - According Russian media reports, President Putin has accepted a proposal by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to dissolve the Federal Ministry of Regional Development. Among others, the Minregion, as it is commonly known, is in charge of affairs of indigenous peoples and other non-Russian ethnic groups.

Language diversity threatened in areas with high economic growth
When languages die, especially indigenous ones, a large part of culture, history disappears along with it
Mexico’s Cocopah People Refuse to Disappear
EL MAYOR, Mexico - In their language, Cocopah means “river people”. For over 500 years the members of this Amerindian group have lived along the lower Colorado River and delta in the Mexican states of Baja California and Sonora and the U.S. state of Arizona.

Indigenous Parallel Conference being held in Amsterdam, September 25-26
Inspired by the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples being held at the United Nations in New York City on 22-23 September, a Parallel Conference is being organized in Amsterdam on September 25th and 26th. Co-organzing the event with Indigenous Movement is the district of Amsterdam South-East (Gemeente Amsterdam Zuid Oost) as well as the indigenous representatives´ members from the EMRIP.
The third version of the draft outcome document for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 has been released.
UN, NEW YORK - The upcoming WCIP takes place 22-23 of September and is the first of it´s kind, giving millions of Indigenous Peoples a hope of change as they are facing more and more serious intrusions to their ways of life. Indigenous Peoples politicians are these days in preparations for a most beneficial outcome document.

The Skolt Sámi archives – a candidate for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register
SÁPMI IN FINLAND - The National Archives Service of Finland and the Sámi Archives have proposed including the Skolt Sámi archives in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Only 301 items have been listed in the register so far.
Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda
UNITED NATIONS - The world’s 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

Mining in Norway destroying the wilderness
Mining in Norway in search of uranium and other valuable rare earth minerals, is causing permanent damage to rivers, lakes and mountains according to environmentalists.
The latest draft version of the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples is out
In connection with the upcoming High-Level Plenary meeting of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, to be known as the "World Conference on Indigenous Peoples", to be held on 22 September 2014, and the afternoon of 23 September 2014. In this context, the draft Outcome Document is presented, which is reflective of written and oral submissions of interested parties to the Informal Consultations of 18 and 19 August in which there was active participation of Member States and Indigenous Peoples.
Read the document here
Inter-American Court of Human Rights orders Chile to annul sentences under Anti-Terrorist Law
CHILE - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights decided that “Chile violated the principle of legality and the right to the presumption of innocence” of seven members of the Mapuche community and a human rights defender who were condemned as perpetrators of crimes considered terrorism for events occurred in 2001 and 2002 in the Biobío and Araucania regions of southern Chile.
Mexico’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules
MEXICO CITY - Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?
MALKANGIRI, India - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India’s eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country’s most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.
Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats
RIO DE JANEIRO - Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle – this time against death threats received by him and his family.

IFC Warned of Systemic Safeguards Failures in Honduras
WASHINGTON - For the second time this year, an internal auditor has criticised the World Bank’s private sector investment agency over dealings in Honduras, and is warning that similar problems are likely being experienced elsewhere.
Women Warriors Take Environmental Protection into Their Own Hands
BALI - Aleta Baun, an Indonesian environmental activist known in her community as Mama Aleta, has a penchant for wearing a colourful scarf on her head, but not for cosmetic reasons.

Will Climate Change Lead to Conflict or Cooperation?
UNITED NATIONS - The headline of every article about the relationship between climate change and conflict should be “It’s complicated,” according to Clionadh Raleigh.
The ‘Global’ Land Rush
OAKLAND, United States - The first years of the twenty-first century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale.

Indigenous Leaders in Costa Rica Tell Ban Ki-moon Their Problems
SAN JOSE - Indigenous people in Costa Rica, hemmed in by violent attacks from farmers and ranchers who invade their land and burn down their homes, have found a new ally: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who met with 36 native leaders during a recent visit to this country.
Laws that Kill Protesters in Mexico
SAN BERNARDINO CHALCHIHUAPAN, Mexico - People in this town in the central Mexican state of Puebla found out the hard way that protesting can be deadly.

Land Grabbing – A New Political Strategy for Arab Countries
BEIRUT - Food price rises as far back as 2008 are believed to be the partial culprits behind the instability plaguing Arab countries and they have become increasingly aware of the importance of securing food needs through an international strategy of land grabs which are often detrimental to local populations.
Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change
WASHINGTON - The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests.

Touaregs Seek Secular and Democratic Multi-Ethnic State
LEKORNE, FRANCE - The government of Mali and Touareg rebels representing Azawad, a territory in northern Mali which declared unilateral independence in 2012 after a Touareg rebellion drove out the Malian army, resumed peace talks in Algiers last week, intended to end decades of conflict.
Indigenous Communities Say Education, Funding Key to Fighting HIV/AIDS
SYDNEY - Marama Pala, hailing from Waikanae on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, was diagnosed with HIV at 22. The news of her diagnosis spread like wildfire in her tight-knit Maori community.

World Bank Board Declines to Revise Controversial Draft Policies
WASHINGTON, USA - A key committee of the World Bank’s governing board Wednesday spurned appeals to revise a draft policy statement that, according to nearly 100 civil-society groups, risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.
Developed nations have a long history of exploiting indigenous populations for their own personal benefit. Whereas the ill treatment was once centered on acquiring land and natural resources, the latest developments suggest a new form of abuse: biopiracy.

The nuclear war against Australia´s Aboriginal people
AUSTRALIA - Australia´s nuclear industry has a shameful history of ´radioactive racism´ that dates from the British bomb tests in the 1950s, writes Jim Green. The same attitudes have been evident in recent debates over uranium mines and nuclear waste, but Aboriginal peoples are fighting back!
Indigenous Organizations Prepare for World Conference
UN - Native peoples´ issues will define the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September, but critics say Native nations won´t have enough of a say in the historic, high-level meeting.

Paradise Lost: Aerial Images of Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest
BRASIL - Rodrigo Baleia first embarked on a Greenpeace trip to make photographs of the Amazon rainforest in 2000- and after twelve years and about 218,000 miles of flight documentation, he is still not satisfied with his mission in chronicling the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon.
Digital indigenous
BRASIL - Produced in 2010, Indigenas Digitais recounts the experiences of Indios Online, a network of Pataxo Hahahae, Kariri-Xocó, Tupinambá, Pankararé and other Indigenous Peoples in Brazil that strives to provide communities with access to information and promote intercultural dialogue.

Indigenous mountain farmers unite on climate change
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge.
Remote Indigenous Tribe Adopts Wi-Fi Network in Hopes of Survival

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa´s Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Yamal Reindeer Herders Fight Against Poachers
YAMAL, RUSSIA - Indigenous peoples of Yamal complain about numerous death of reindeer this winter. The reason of this death loss is not only very severe winter but also poaching.  “Today’s situation is not that bad, it used to be that poachers could hunt 20-30 of our reindeer” – said reindeer herder Natal’ya Pyak.

UNEP Year ebook Update 2014 – Rapid Change in the Arctic
The Arctic is changing twice as fast in terms of warming as the rest of the world. What happens to migratory species in the Arctic will affect what happens in the overwintering grounds of those species, and what happens to the melting glaciers and permafrost thaw will affect sea level rise in the rest of the world.
Planned Powerline Concerns Reindeer Herders
NORTHERN NORWAY - Reindeer herders are concerned that the animals will avoid a planned 500-km powerline in northern Norway.

Brazil’s agribusiness lobby pushes back against indigenous land recognition
BRAZIL - Agribusiness interests in Brazil are facing off against Indigenous Peoples calling for official recognition of territorial claims. During the opening ceremony of the World Cup, a Guarani Indian youth held up a small banner saying, in Portuguese, “Demarcation Now”. Demarcation meaning land recognition. There are over 400 indigenous groups in Brazil waiting for their ancestral lands to be officially recognized but Brazil’s powerful agricultural lobby is pushing for changes that would make it so they never are.
The zero draft document released
The zero draft document for the upcoming WCIP 2014 has now been released
Washington´s militarized land-grabs: Targeting the Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota
SOUTH DAKOTA, USA - In the wake of a Bundy Ranch crisis sparked by a militarized federal land-grab effort in Nevada, it seems that the Department of Interior has set its sights on a new prize - this time targeting once protected Indian reservation land on Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
Oilsands development linked to cancer, First Nations say
EDMONTON, CANADA - First Nations leaders and scientists from the University of Manitoba will release a report Monday they say shows links between the oilsands and impacts on wildlife, the environment and human health in aboriginal communities.

Time-lapse of American seizure of indigenous land, 1776-1887
Rodney writes, "Between 1776 and 1887, the U.S. seized over 1.5 billion acres, an eighth of the world, from America´s indigenous people by treaty and executive order. This 1:27 video maps it year by year."
Catholic groups lose residential school argument
WINNIPEG – Priests, nuns and oblates have lost a small court battle related to residential school documents.

CONTACT: uncontacted Indians emerge, illegal logging blamed
BRAZIL - a highly vulnerable group of uncontacted Amazon Indians has emerged from the rainforest in Brazil near the Peru border and made contact with a settled indigenous community.
South American tribe sues over historic genocide
PARAGUAY - The survivors of a South American tribe which was decimated during the 1950s and 60s are taking Paraguay’s government to court over the genocide they suffered. The case of the hunter-gatherer Aché tribe, who roamed the hilly forests of eastern Paraguay until being brutally forced out, became notorious in the 1970s.

Bagua Massacre – A Test for Justice in Peru
LIMA - The trial of 52 indigenous people that just got underway for a 2009 massacre near the city of Bagua in northwest Peru will test the judicial system’s independence and ability to impart justice.
Kiribati President Purchases ‘Worthless’ Resettlement Land as Precaution Against Rising Sea
NAVIAVIA, Fiji - You can count the inhabitants of this isolated, tidy village of multi-coloured houses and flower bushes among global warming’s first victims – but not in the usual sense.

Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protesters
Law exempts soldiers and police from criminal responsibility if they cause injuries or deaths
Zimbabwe’s Unfolding Humanitarian Disaster – We Visit the 18,000 People Forcibly Relocated to Ruling Party Farm
ZIMBABWE: More than 18,000 people live in the Chingwizi transit camp in Mwenezi district, about 150 kms from their former homes in Chivi basin as they wait to be allocated one-hectare plots of land by the government.

First Nations from British Columbia win major land title decision
The highest court in Canada issued a landmark decision today, recognizing Native title in British Columbia and defining what it means.
Ecuador breaks its Amazon deal
QUITO, Ecuador — In 2007, Ecuador pledged to refrain from oil drilling in the Amazon’s Yasuni National Park in exchange for financial compensation from several foreign governments. The so-called Yasuni-ITT initiative, named for the park’s Ishpingo, Tambococha and Tiputini oil fields, which together contain some 846 million barrels of heavy crude, sought to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, prevent deforestation and protect one of the world’s most biodiverse areas. To offset the renounced revenue, then estimated at over $7 billion, Ecuador requested $3.6 billion to be paid over a period of 13 years by some of the world’s richest nations. It was the first time a country had proposed keeping such a large reserve permanently in the ground.

Rainforest tribes seek World Cup spotlight
Tribal leaders from the Amazon rainforest are using the glare of publicity on the football World Cup in Brazil to highlight an impassioned plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.
Chile Vows to Dispel Lingering Shadow of Dictatorship
SANTIAGO - Chile has made a commitment to the international community to improve human rights in the country and erase the lingering shadow of the dictatorship on civil liberties.Making progress on women’s sexual and reproductive rights, reforming the controversial anti-terrorism law, guaranteeing the human rights of indigenous peoples and universal access to education and health are among the promises Chile made to the United Nations in June.

EU Aims to Scuttle Treaty on Human Rights Abuses
UNITED NATIONS - When the United Nations began negotiating a Code of Conduct for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) back in the 1970s, the proposal never got off the ground because of vigourous opposition both from the powerful business community and its Western allies.
When Nature Gets a Price Tag
UNITED NATIONS - How much does a forest cost? What’s the true economic value of an ocean? Can you pay for an alpine forest or a glacial meadow? And – more importantly – will such calculus save the planet, or subordinate a rapidly collapsing natural world to market forces?

Nicaragua’s Mayagna People and Their Rainforest Could Vanish
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - More than 30,000 members of the Mayagna indigenous community are in danger of disappearing, along with the rainforest which is their home in Nicaragua, if the state fails to take immediate action to curb the destruction of the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve, the largest forest reserve in Central America and the third-largest in the world.
Quest for Self-Determination Continues in New Caledonia
SYDNEY, Australia - Since the French overseas territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific was reinstated on the United Nations Decolonisation List in 1986, the indigenous Kanak people have struggled not only against socio-economic disadvantages, but also for the right to determine their political future after more than a century of colonialism.


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