UN rights experts apprised of violation of rights of indigenous Pradhan Newars for construction of a mega business complex

Kathmandu, 9 Feb

Two non-governmental organizations have submitted an urgent communication to UN rights experts alleging that a Nepali private company has unlawfully acquired the communal trust lands of indigenous Pradhan Newar community of Kathmandu to construct a mega business complex. As a result, the religious and cultural customs and traditions of Pradhan Newars based on the pond and its embankment lands have been devastated and thus their cultural rights and rights to cultural rights and rights to lands and resources violated, the communication reads.

Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples and National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination jointly submitted the communication to the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in the field of cultural rights on Monday. They have urged the Special Rapporteurs to correspond with the Government of Nepal about the need to take immediate action to defend, protect and promote the rights of the indigenous Pradhan Newars to their land, resources, sacred places and culture. More

Cases of persecution of indigenous peoples in Nepal under law against cow-slaughter reported in 2012/13

Indigenous peoples in Nepal continue to be persecuted under its law against cow-slaughter—a law deeply rooted and wholly justified by Hindu (and therefore non-secular principles) and one which historically has been used to carry out the State’s forced cultural assimilation of indigenous peoples and to forge a homogenous identity for Nepali citizens.

The act violates namely article 8 of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that states that “indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.” Further, under Article 1 of UNDRIP and Article 3 of International Labour Organisation Convention No. 169 (ILO C. 169), indigenous peoples are due the full measure of human rights and fundamental rights promised to all peoples under international human rights law—including the rights to freedom of religion, equality before the law and minority rights to cultural expression as protected respectively in Articles 18, 26 and 27 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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ABSENCE OF INDIGENOUS AND TRIBAL PEOPLES’ RIGHTS IN THE DRAFT OF THE ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION IS AN ABJECT FAILURE TO FULFIL COMMITMENTS TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS AND DEMOCRACY – Joint statement of Centre for Organisation Research and Education, Forum for Indigenous Perspectives & Action & Indigenous Peoples Forum (India)

ABSENCE OF INDIGENOUS AND TRIBAL PEOPLES’S RIGHTS IN THE DRAFT OF
THE ASEAN HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION IS AN ABJECT FAILURE TO FULFIL COMMITMENTS TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS AND DEMOCRACY
 

August, 2012 

JOINT STATEMENT

Centre for Organisation Research and Education, Forum for Indigenous Perspectives & Action & Indigenous Peoples Forum (India)

On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2012, the Centre for Organisation Research & Education (CORE), Forum for Indigenous Perspectives and Action (FIPA) and Indigenous Peoples’ Forum (IPF) of Manipur in the North Eastern Territories of India express profound disappointment on the reported denial of meaningful participation and lack of reference to the collective rights of indigenous peoples as enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in the drafting of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) as reliably learnt during the national consultation held at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in Kuala Lumpur on June 12, 2012. More

NEPAL: Indigenous Nationalities’ Comprehensive Conference concludes with a 12-point declaration

2 May 2012

A three-day conference of indigenous nationalities held from 29 April in the city of Pokhara in western ‘Tamuwan’ region concluded yesterday issuing a 12-point ‘Tamuwan’ declaration.

The Declaration calls for protecting the contributions to and the achievements of the indigenous nationalities’ movement in establishing the federal democratic republic in the country and for ensuring autonomy of the indigenous nationalities with the right to self determination coupled with the restructuring of the Nepali state while internalizing the basic identity and collective co-existence of the indigenous peoples.

The Declaration also strongly calls on the state and the major political parties to incorporate and recognize of Tamuwan province based on ethnic identity in the new constitution to be formulated by May 27. It also warns of an organised revolt if the federal units are formed on non-ethnic lines. More

Indigenous Women: key actors in poverty and hunger eradication (UN CSW RESOLUTION E/CN.6/2012/L.6)

On 9 March 2012, the draft resolution entitled:  “Indigenous Women: key actors in poverty and hunger  eradication” (E/CN.6/2012/L.6) was adopted at the Commission on the Status of Women at its Fifty-sixth Session. To download the resolution, please click here.

Commission on the Status of Women

Fifty-sixth session
27 February-9 March 2012
Agenda item 3 (c)

 

Follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly, entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”: gender mainstreaming, situations and programmatic matters

Australia,* Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of),* Ecuador,* El Salvador, Guatemala,* Mexico* and Nicaragua: draft resolution

 

Indigenous women: key actors in poverty and hunger eradication More

NEPAL: Video On Climate Change, The REDD Partnership Program, And Nepal Federation Of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)

Nepal’s government is all set to formulate its policy on REDD+. Considered as the best scheme for climate change mitigation, the REDD+ has however been a subject of countless discourses and debates in Nepal, especially whether or not the rights of indigenous peoples will be ensured in REDD+ strategies remains a big concern.

Indigenous peoples are calling on the government to incorporate indigenous peoples’ demands and concerns seriously while drafting national REDD+ strategies and that the policies should be devised on the basis of provision of ILO Convention 169, of which Nepal is a state party and UNDRIP  More

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MALAYSIA: Indigenous Peoples Say No To ‘Disaster Development’ In Sarawak

By  Mar 9, 2012

stop-corruption-dams.com

It’s no mere coincidence that Sarawak is one of the most impoverished states in Malaysia. For more than 30 years the governments of Malaysia and Sarawak have been far too busy ransacking the region’s precious rainforest to secure and strengthen what has been there for thousands of years.

That’s because development in Sarawak has always been about making money; and as any real capitalist knows, the more money you have to spread around, the less you have for your self and your friends and family. More

Indigenous groups suffer from higher rates of violence against women

Indigenous Women

From 18 to 20 January 2012, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held an International Expert Group Meeting at UN Headquarters entitled “Combating violence against indigenous women and girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” This conference applied a human rights framework to the issue of gender‐ based violence faced by indigenous women, while contextualizing its global manifestations in the context of States’ responsibilities under international human rights law, as articulated in Article 22.2 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP): “States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.”

Focusing especially on issues of policing and jurisdiction, as well as outlining anti‐violence strategies, the experts sought to articulate a holistic approach to addressing violence against women that recognizes indigenous peoples’ ongoing struggles for self‐determination in the face of multidimensional discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantages. The panel characterized violence against indigenous women and girls as a pervasive form of human rights abuse, while drawing attention to the contemporary and historical contexts of indigenous communities and identifying steps towards the enhancement of their capacities and rights. More

PHILIPPINES: Any new Executive Order on mining must affirm IPS rights over their ancestral domain

Published : Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Written by : Gualberto B. Lumauig

COMMENTARY

Former governor and congressman of Ifugao

As major players in the mining industry debate their respective social responsibilities in the exploitation of our country’s vast mineral resources, they should not lose sight of the rights and concerns of the indigenous people over their ancestral lands and domains.

We need a reaffirmation from our government and the mining industry stakeholders that our indigenous peoples’ occupation, possession and propriety rights over their ancestral domains are their exclusive birthright and privilege that should seriously be taken into account when government, through its licensing mandate, starts allowing developers and investors to encroach on these ancestral territories. More

Can UNDRIP Be Enforced?

By Duane Champagne March 5, 2012

It was four and a half years ago—September 13, 2007 to be precise—that the U.N. General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The product of 30 years of negotiations among indigenous organizations, indigenous leaders and U.N. agencies, the declaration enshrines the individual human rights and collective rights of Indigenous Peoples in terms of self-government, land, education, employment, health and other areas.

It’s a bold vision. But can it be upheld? More

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