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Monday, April 7, 2014

The TIME is NOW


The
TIME
is
NOW

Recommendation to the 13th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples
12-23 May 2014   UN Headquarters   New York

Fundamental to the right of nationality, as members of the Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, the Great Turtle Island which is referenced in article 6 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and evidenced unequivocally by the Treaty Status, namely international personality which was subject of the UN Treaty Study conducted by Miguel Alfonso Martinez, is the collective right of nationhood of Indigenous Peoples beyond the contextual constraints of the Westphalian system of sovereignty of states.  It is a collective right, similar to how the present UN system of mutual international recognition as sovereign states provides the framework of jurisprudence for the purported jurisdiction of the states individually and then collectively at the global dimension under the dominion of the UN system, the jurisprudence which articulates the nationhood of Indigenous Peoples is also is a projection of jurisdiction at the planetary level, with mutual responsibilities towards the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth, and the well being of the Future Generations.  The distinction being that our Rights of Nationhood emerge from the COGNITION, and then thus RECOGNITION, of our responsibilities as ONE of the Nations (two legged species of kindom) – among ALL of the RELATIONS to whom and with we share as human society collectively, the responsibility to act in complementarity within the equally shared environment of the Natural World.  We are Nations of Mother Earth, and will not consent to be diminished or to be dominated under the regime of the government states of the UN system as mere ethnic groups, or minorities.


Comprehensively, therefore, in view of the UN High Level Plenary Meeting 2014 and in discussion on the special theme of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2014, the Permanent Forum must address the violations of the Right of Self Determination and Full and Equal Participation as Peoples, equal to all other peoples in the conceptualization, the design, the implementation and evaluation of regional trade agreements among the UN member states such as are evidenced by the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA, and the impending menace of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).


www.tonatierra.org 


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"We can not have peace on Earth if we are not at peace with Mother Earth."
Tupac Huehuecoyotl at the UN Indigenous Peoples global preparatory meeting at Alta, Norway hosted by the Sami Parliament, June 8-12, 2013.

YouTube:
The Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth
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Link:
United Nations Economic and Social Council
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-Commission on Prevention of
Discrimination and Protection
of Minorities
HUMAN RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Study on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations
Final report by Miguel Alfonso Martínez, Special Rapporteur
22 June 1999

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Intervention from the floor at Alta, Tupak Huehuecoyotl:
We call for the restitution of the primary source materials and testimony that was lent to the United Nations system as fundamental to the evidence in document form of the systemic (system to system) nature of the legal relationships between the Nations of Indigenous Peoples and the member states of the UN system for the purpose of the Treaty Study conducted by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez of Cuba. 

Such delivery, should be initial act of good faith in terms of the continuing process of systemic documentation among the Nations of Indigenous Peoples and the UN system prior to and as a necessary act of condition to allow for the full and effective participation of the Indigenous Peoples in the High Level Plenary Meeting on an equal basis and without systemic discrimination in the process of producing the Final Outcome Document of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014.

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U.N. Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning of Threat to Global Food Supply, Calls for Action & Adaption

Nobel-Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chair Rajendra Pachauri:

“We have reasons to believe that if the world doesn’t do anything about mitigating the emissions of greenhouse gases and the extent of climate change continues to increase, then the very social stability of human systems could be at stake.”



 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Global Coordinating Group letter to PGA John Ashe

31 March 2014

H.E. John W. Ashe
President of the UN General Assembly
United Nations, New York

INDIGENOUS ADVISERS FOR THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Excellency,

We have the honor to refer to the letter of 20 March 2014, from H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire, Special Adviser of the President of the General Assembly and Focal Point for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, to the five regional groups of Member States, requesting the regional groups’ endorsement of the proposed adjusted framework of the President of the General Assembly for the informal consultations of the high-level plenary meeting of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP).

Indigenous Peoples from the six regions being Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific and Russia, and indigenous youth from the regions of Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific and Russia which cooperate within the structure of the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group (GCG), welcome this new framework. The new framework establishes a joint process of consultations of Member States and Indigenous Peoples, and affirms Indigenous Peoples’ full, effective, direct and equal participation in the WCIP process. It respects Indigenous Peoples’ right to be represented through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures. We take particular note of the establishment of a podium comprising of the President of the General Assembly or his designate, and two state advisers and two indigenous advisers, on an equal footing. We also take note with appreciation that the informal consultations will be open and inclusive, and that representatives of Indigenous Peoples will be able to attend and to take the floor during informal consultations.

We look forward to your final confirmation of the framework, as reflected in the letter of 20 March 2014, from H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire. Our involvement in the continuation of the WCIP process is contingent on this.

To date indigenous regions, peoples and organizations from seven regions, including indigenous women and youth, have informed you of their support of Mr. John Henriksen, International Representative of the Sami Parliament of Norway, to fulfill the role of co-facilitator along with a state appointed co-facilitator. Mr. Henriksen worked successfully with H.E. Ambassador de Alba, previous Permanent Representative of Mexico, during the negotiations on the modalities of the WCIP (A/RES/66/296). Unfortunately, Mr. Henriksen is no longer available to be considered as one of the indigenous advisers under the new framework.

In light of the above, six indigenous regions being Africa, Asia, Arctic, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific and Russia and indigenous youth from the regions of Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific and Russia have carried out consultations on nominations for the two positions of indigenous advisers to the President of General Assembly. As a result of the consultations, the six indigenous regions of Africa, Asia, Arctic, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pacific and Russia and indigenous youth from the regions of Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific and Russia are pleased to submit Dr. Mirna Cunningham and Mr. Les Malezer for the positions of indigenous advisers.

Dr. Mirna Cunningham is Miskita from the community of Waspam in Nicaragua. She was the first women to graduate as a doctor of medicine from her community, and the first woman governor of an autonomous region in Nicaragua. Dr. Cunningham has worked as an indigenous advocate at the national, regional and international levels, including at the OAS and the UN. She sits on numerous international boards and is an advisor to indigenous groups on capacity building for indigenous women. Dr. Cunningham’s work has resulted in the establishment of strategies and programs that facilitate indigenous women’s access to education at all levels, including higher education. Dr. Cunningham has also served as member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and was the Chairperson of the Forum from 2011-2012.

Mr. Les Malezer is from the Butchulla/Gubbi peoples in southeast Queensland, Australia. He has extensive experience in campaigning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights at both the national and international level, and played a pivotal role in the negotiations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 2007. In 2008 Mr. Malezer won the Australian Human Rights Award for his human rights work and advocacy. He is currently the co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a national indigenous organization that advocates for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Mirna Cunningham and Mr. Les Malezer have accepted our nomination. We are confident that with their extensive experience at the UN, along with their existing networks amongst Member States and Indigenous Peoples, the two nominated indigenous advisers will successfully carry out their responsibilities. We trust that you, and Member States, will extend your full cooperation and support to Dr. Cunningham and Mr. Malezer.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.

Yours sincerely,
Joseph Ole Simel

Mr. Joseph Ole Simel
African region

Mr. Hjalmar Dahl
Arctic region

Ms. Joan Carling
Asian region

Ms. Florina Lopez
Latin-American and the Caribbean region

Ghazali Ohorella
Mr. Ghazali Ohorella
Pacific region

Mr. Rodion Sulyandziga
Russian region

Tuomas Aslak Juuso
Mr. Tuomas Aslak Juuso
Indigenous youth from the regions of Africa, Arctic, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific and Russia

Copy to:
H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire
Special Adviser of the President of the General Assembly and Focal Point for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Office of the President of the General Assembly

United Nations, NY, 10017
Email: gregoirec@un.org
H.E. Mr. Wu Hongbo Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs United Nations Secretariat, Room S-2922 New York, NY, 10017 Email: wuh@un.org

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nations of Mother Earth, not just Ethnic Groups of the States



Maya Vision, Techantit Cultural Center and TONATIERRA reaffirm our common front of struggle engaged in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery and express our solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America(NAIPC), as we also adopt the position of the Continental Caucus of Abya Yala articulated by brother Aucan Huilcaman the Mapuche Nation [Chile] and join in the call of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus for the cancellation of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014 of the UN due to the fact that there is no possibility of legitimate representation of Indigenous Peoples. 


Having reviewed and analyzed Article 18 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which reads: 
“Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision- making institutions.” 
We consider wise the decision by the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus to withdraw from the Global Coordinating Group and here reaffirm our solidarity and support. To continue with the drafting of an informal document, which does not carry the consensus of the Alta Outcome Document, and does not convey the true thoughts and feelings of representatives of Indigenous Peoples would show lack of respect for the rights established by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  The resignation of Debra Harry and Kenneth Deer as members of the Global Coordinating Group is an example to follow and a demonstration that we Indigenous Peoples are fed up with being subjugated under the colonialism of the states.
The UNGA High Level Plenary Meeting 2014 is being directed by proceedings which are inherently unequal, exclusive of a real participatory mechanism that would allow the full, equal and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, as Peoples equal to all other peoples. We see no legitimacy in these proceedings. That Indigenous Peoples do not have full, effective and equal participation in a High Level Plenary of the member states has never been in debate, but NEVER could such a High Level Plenary be TITLED a Conference on Indigenous Peoples without a recognition of the Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples for full, equal and effective participation in deliberations, in the elaboration of policies for the UN which will be adopted and institutionalized in the final UNGA resolution that will officialize the final outcome document of the UNGA HLPM 2014.  This is a crime of international travesty with global import into the future generations, and also a violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 8: 

"Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture."
Indigenous peoples have rights to choose our representatives in our own assemblies, as well as discussing and analyzing what is suitable for our communities. To accepting the rules of the President of the General Assembly (PAG) John Ashe is to accept that we are to be deprived of our integrity as Indigenous Peoples, deprived of the right to exercise our cultural values and identity as Indigenous Peoples, with rights with all other peoples in the arena of the UN system.

We wish to point out that Article 41 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:

"The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance."

Article 42 establishes means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them:

“The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration.”
Considering the above we conclude that the UN agencies should provide support to indigenous peoples and were designed to ensure the active and equitable participation of people in decisions that affect their daily lives and development of their communities, at the time that these agencies do not allow the media and promote participation of indigenous peoples in decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities and ensure their full participation as people with equal rights to all other peoples , in the wording of any document that brings consequences for indigenous peoples are being violated articles by UN member states and this is also a flagrant violation of the rights of indigenous peoples. 

Therefore:

As Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala we work, live, and celebrate the struggle to defend our collective right of continental self-determination with the Indigenous Nations of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America, the Great Turtle Island, and with base communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador that are considered in the region of the Latin America and the Caribbean Caucus by the UN System, we ask the indigenous peoples of the world DENY CONSENT and not participate in a process that is not only in obvious disregard for our rights but also exemplifies a lack of respect for our ancestors and those who have given their lives to make the UN resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a reality.

We call upon indigenous peoples to continue this struggle in defense of our own. The right to free, prior and informed consent is our right, do not let that light of hope for future generations disappear, it is our duty not to consent to something that is not in the interests of indigenous peoples. "Our ways of life will never die."

We appeal to all indigenous peoples to not meekly participate in a meeting where the agenda is not indigenous, and favors the interests of the states. We demand our right to participate with full, equal and effective recognition of our rights as Peoples - Equal to all other peoples, in meetings and consultations on matters that affect us whenever indigenous peoples issues are discussed.

Finally we ask of the President of the UN General Assembly Mr. John Ashe that in the performance of his duties as president he respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in particular the articles listed herein, and thus give a positive example to the member states of the UN system.



Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
www.nahuacalli.org

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Naciones de la Madre Tierra, no nomas etnias de los estados.

Maya Visión, Centro Cultural Techantit y TONATIERRA reafirmamos la lucha como Frente Desmantelador de la Doctrina del Descubrimiento y manifestamos nuestra solidaridad con el Caucus Indígena de Norte América (NAIPC), así mismo adoptamos la posición del Caucus Continental de Abya Yala articulado por del hermano Aucan Huilcaman de la Nación Mapuche de Chile y nos unimos a la peticion del Caucus Indígena de Norte América en llamamiento a la cancelación de la Reunión Plenaria de Alta Nivel 2014 de la Asamblea General de la ONU por ser de una reunión donde no existe la posibilidad de legitima representación de los pueblos indígenas. 

Después de haber revisado y analizado el Articulo 18 de la Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, el cual se lee: 
“Los Pueblos indígenas tienen derecho de participar en la adopción de decisiones en las cuestiones  que afecten a sus derechos, por conducto de representantes elegidos por ellos de conformidad con sus propios procedimientos, así como mantener y desarrollar sus propias instituciones a adopción de decisiones."
Consideramos sabia la decisión del Caucus de Norte América al retirarse de el Grupo de Coordinación Global y reafirmamos nuestro apoyo solidario, ya que continuar en la redacción de un documento que no lleva el pensar y sentir de los verdaderos representantes de los pueblos indígenas es solo una falta de respeto a los derechos establecidos por la declaración de la ONU sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. La renuncia de Debra Harry y Kenneth Deer como miembros del Grupo Coordinador Global es un ejemplo a seguir y una demostración de que nosotros los pueblos indígenas estamos cansados de el sometimiento y colonialismo a que hemos estado sujetos.

La Reunión Plenaria de Alto Nivel 2014 esta dirigido por un proceso no igualitaria, es excluyente y no permite la participación real de los pueblos indígenas, a partir de ese hecho consideramos que no hay legitimidad en ella ya que los pueblos indígenas no tienen participación efectiva e igualitaria, ni representación plena. Por tanto de se viola el derecho de consentimiento libre, previo e informado además de la violación del Articulo 8, el cual se lee:
“Los pueblos y los individuos indígenas tienen derecho a no ser sometidos a una asimilación forzada ni a la destrucción de su cultura.” 
Los pueblos indígenas tenemos derechos de elegir en asamblea a nuestros representantes, además de discutir y analizar lo que es conveniente para nuestras comunidades. El aceptar las reglas de juego de el presidente de la asamblea general (PAG) John Ashe es aceptar que se nos prive de nuestra integridad como pueblos indígenas y de nuestros valores culturales e identidad como Pueblos Indígenas, en igualdad de derecho con todos otros pueblos. 

Hemos decidido señalar que el Articulo 41 de la Declaración de la ONU sobre Los Derechos Pueblos Indígenas señala lo siguiente:
“Los órganos y organismos especializados del Sistema de Las Naciones Unidas y otras organizaciones intergubernamentales contribuirán a la plena aplicación de las disposiciones de la presente declaración mediante, entre otras cosas, de las cooperación financiera y la asistencia técnica.”
Se establecerán los medios de asegurar la participación de los pueblos indígenas en relación con los asuntos que les conciernan en el Articulo 42: 
“Las Naciones Unidas, sus órganos, incluido el Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas y los organismos especializados, incluso a nivel local, así como los Estados, promoverán el respecto y la plena aplicación de las disposiciones de la presente Declaración y velación por su eficacia.”
Tomando en consideración lo anterior concluimos que los organismos de la ONU deben de servir de apoyo a los pueblos originarios y fueron diseñados para asegurar la participación activa y equitativa de los pueblos en la toma de decisiones que afecten su diario vivir y el desarrollo de sus comunidades, en el momento en que estos organismos no permiten y promueven los medios de participación de los pueblos indígenas en la toma de decisiones que afecten sus vidas y las vidas de sus comunidades y aseguran su participación plena como pueblos, con derechos igual a todos otros pueblos, en la redacción de cualquier documento que traiga consecuencias para los pueblos indígenas se están violando los artículos de la ONU por los estados miembros y esto es también una flagrante violación a los derechos de los pueblos originarios.

Por tanto:

Como Pueblos Indígenas que trabajemos, vivimos, y celebramos la lucha por defender nuestro derecho colectivo continental de Libre Determinación Abya Yala con las Naciones Indígenas del Caucus Indígena de Norte América, La Gran Isla Tortuga y con bases en México, Guatemala, y El Salvador que son considerados en la región del Caucus Latino-América y el Caribe por el mismo sistema del ONU, pedimos a los pueblos indígenas del mundo la no participación en un proceso que no solamente es un claro irrespeto a nuestros derechos pero también es una falta de respeto hacia nuestros ancestros y todos aquellos que han dado su vida para que la resolución de la ONU sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sea una realidad.

Hacemos llamar a los pueblos indígenas seguir esta lucha en defensa de lo nuestro. El derecho al consentimiento previo, libre e informado es nuestro derecho, no dejemos que esa luz de esperanza para las futuras generaciones desaparezca, es nuestra obligación no consentir a algo que no es en beneficio de los pueblos indígenas. “Lo nuestro nunca muere."

Hacemos el llamamiento a los pueblos indígenas no participar en una reunión en la cual la agenda no es indígena. Exijamos nuestro derecho a participar activamente y segun nuestros propios criterios en reuniones y consultas en las cuales se discuten asuntos que nos afectan directamente como pueblos indígenas.

Para finalizar queremos pedir a el presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU Señor John Ashe que en el ejercicio de sus funciones como presidente respete la declaración de la ONU Sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y los artículos citados en este comunicado, de esa manera estaría dando un ejemplo positivo a los estados miembros.

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NAHUACALLI
Embajada de Pueblos Indigenas
www.nahuacalli.org

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Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
www.nahuacalli.org

Naciones de la Madre Tierra, no nomas Etnias de los Estados





Maya Visión, Centro Cultural Techantit y TONATIERRA reafirmamos la lucha como Frente Desmantelador de la Doctrina del Descubrimiento y manifestamos nuestra solidaridad con el Caucus Indígena de Norte América (NAIPC), así mismo adoptamos la posición del Caucus Continental de Abya Yala articulado por del hermano Aucan Huilcaman de la Nación Mapuche de Chile y nos unimos a la peticion del Caucus Indígena de Norte América en llamamiento a la cancelación de la Reunión Plenaria de Alta Nivel 2014 de la Asamblea General de la ONU por ser de una reunión donde no existe la posibilidad de legitima representación de los pueblos indígenas. 

Después de haber revisado y analizado el Articulo 18 de la Declaración de la ONU sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, el cual se lee: 
“Los Pueblos indígenas tienen derecho de participar en la adopción de decisiones en las cuestiones  que afecten a sus derechos, por conducto de representantes elegidos por ellos de conformidad con sus propios procedimientos, así como mantener y desarrollar sus propias instituciones a adopción de decisiones."
Consideramos sabia la decisión del Caucus de Norte América al retirarse de el Grupo de Coordinación Global y reafirmamos nuestro apoyo solidario, ya que continuar en la redacción de un documento que no lleva el pensar y sentir de los verdaderos representantes de los pueblos indígenas es solo una falta de respeto a los derechos establecidos por la declaración de la ONU sobre Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. La renuncia de Debra Harry y Kenneth Deer como miembros del Grupo Coordinador Global es un ejemplo a seguir y una demostración de que nosotros los pueblos indígenas estamos cansados de el sometimiento y colonialismo a que hemos estado sujetos.

La Reunión Plenaria de Alto Nivel 2014 esta dirigido por un proceso no igualitaria, es excluyente y no permite la participación real de los pueblos indígenas, a partir de ese hecho consideramos que no hay legitimidad en ella ya que los pueblos indígenas no tienen participación efectiva e igualitaria, ni representación plena. Por tanto de se viola el derecho de consentimiento libre, previo e informado además de la violación del Articulo 8, el cual se lee:
“Los pueblos y los individuos indígenas tienen derecho a no ser sometidos a una asimilación forzada ni a la destrucción de su cultura.” 
Los pueblos indígenas tenemos derechos de elegir en asamblea a nuestros representantes, además de discutir y analizar lo que es conveniente para nuestras comunidades. El aceptar las reglas de juego de el presidente de la asamblea general (PAG) John Ashe es aceptar que se nos prive de nuestra integridad como pueblos indígenas y de nuestros valores culturales e identidad como Pueblos Indígenas, en igualdad de derecho con todos otros pueblos. 

Hemos decidido señalar que el Articulo 41 de la Declaración de la ONU sobre Los Derechos Pueblos Indígenas señala lo siguiente:
“Los órganos y organismos especializados del Sistema de Las Naciones Unidas y otras organizaciones intergubernamentales contribuirán a la plena aplicación de las disposiciones de la presente declaración mediante, entre otras cosas, de las cooperación financiera y la asistencia técnica.”
Se establecerán los medios de asegurar la participación de los pueblos indígenas en relación con los asuntos que les conciernan en el Articulo 42: 
“Las Naciones Unidas, sus órganos, incluido el Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas y los organismos especializados, incluso a nivel local, así como los Estados, promoverán el respecto y la plena aplicación de las disposiciones de la presente Declaración y velación por su eficacia.”
Tomando en consideración lo anterior concluimos que los organismos de la ONU deben de servir de apoyo a los pueblos originarios y fueron diseñados para asegurar la participación activa y equitativa de los pueblos en la toma de decisiones que afecten su diario vivir y el desarrollo de sus comunidades, en el momento en que estos organismos no permiten y promueven los medios de participación de los pueblos indígenas en la toma de decisiones que afecten sus vidas y las vidas de sus comunidades y aseguran su participación plena como pueblos, con derechos igual a todos otros pueblos, en la redacción de cualquier documento que traiga consecuencias para los pueblos indígenas se están violando los artículos de la ONU por los estados miembros y esto es también una flagrante violación a los derechos de los pueblos originarios.

Por tanto:

Como Pueblos Indígenas que trabajemos, vivimos, y celebramos la lucha por defender nuestro derecho colectivo continental de Libre Determinación Abya Yala con las Naciones Indígenas del Caucus Indígena de Norte América, La Gran Isla Tortuga y con bases en México, Guatemala, y El Salvador que son considerados en la región del Caucus Latino-América y el Caribe por el mismo sistema del ONU, pedimos a los pueblos indígenas del mundo la no participación en un proceso que no solamente es un claro irrespeto a nuestros derechos pero también es una falta de respeto hacia nuestros ancestros y todos aquellos que han dado su vida para que la resolución de la ONU sobre los derechos de los pueblos indígenas sea una realidad.

Hacemos llamar a los pueblos indígenas seguir esta lucha en defensa de lo nuestro. El derecho al consentimiento previo, libre e informado es nuestro derecho, no dejemos que esa luz de esperanza para las futuras generaciones desaparezca, es nuestra obligación no consentir a algo que no es en beneficio de los pueblos indígenas. “Lo nuestro nunca muere."

Hacemos el llamamiento a los pueblos indígenas no participar en una reunión en la cual la agenda no es indígena. Exijamos nuestro derecho a participar activamente y segun nuestros propios criterios en reuniones y consultas en las cuales se discuten asuntos que nos afectan directamente como pueblos indígenas.

Para finalizar queremos pedir a el presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU Señor John Ashe que en el ejercicio de sus funciones como presidente respete la declaración de la ONU Sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas y los artículos citados en este comunicado, de esa manera estaría dando un ejemplo positivo a los estados miembros.

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NAHUACALLI
Embajada de Pueblos Indigenas
www.nahuacalli.org

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March 31, 2014
Nations of Mother Earth, not just Ethnic Groups of the States

Maya Vision, Techantit Cultural Center and TONATIERRA reaffirm our common front of struggle engaged in Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery and express our solidarity with the Indigenous Caucus of North America (NAIPC), as we also adopt the position of the Continental Caucus of Abya Yala articulated by brother Aucan Huilcaman the Mapuche Nation [Chile] and join in the call of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus for the cancellation of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014 of the UN due to the fact that there is no possibility of legitimate representation of Indigenous Peoples.

Having reviewed and analyzed Article 18 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which reads:

“Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision- making institutions.”

We consider wise the decision by the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus to withdraw from the Global Coordinating Group and here reaffirm our solidarity and support. To continue with the drafting of an informal document, which does not carry the consensus of the Alta Outcome Document, and does not convey the true thoughts and feelings of representatives of Indigenous Peoples would show lack of respect for the rights established by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  The resignation of Debra Harry and Kenneth Deer as members of the Global Coordinating Group is an example to follow and a demonstration that we Indigenous Peoples are fed up with being subjugated under the colonialism of the states.

The UNGA High Level Plenary Meeting 2014 is being directed by proceedings which are inherently unequal, exclusive of a real participatory mechanism that would allow the full, equal and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples, as Peoples equal to all other peoples. We see no legitimacy in these proceedings. That Indigenous Peoples do not have full, effective and equal participation in a High Level Plenary of the member states has never been in debate, but NEVER could such a High Level Plenary be TITLED a Conference on Indigenous Peoples without a recognition of the Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples for full, equal and effective participation in deliberations, in the elaboration of policies for the UN which will be adopted and institutionalized in the final UNGA resolution that will officialize the final outcome document of the UNGA HLPM 2014.  This is a crime of international travesty with global import into the future generations, and also a violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 8:

"Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture."

Indigenous peoples have rights to choose our representatives in our own assemblies, as well as discussing and analyzing what is suitable for our communities. To accepting the rules of the President of the General Assembly (PAG) John Ashe is to accept that we are to be deprived of our integrity as Indigenous Peoples, deprived of the right to exercise our cultural values ​​and identity as Indigenous Peoples, with rights with all other peoples in the arena of the UN system.

We wish to point out that Article 41 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:
The organs and specialized agencies of the United Nations system and other intergovernmental organizations shall contribute to the full realization of the provisions of this Declaration through the mobilization, inter alia, of financial cooperation and technical assistance.

Article 42 establishes means of ensuring participation of indigenous peoples on issues affecting them:
“The United Nations, its bodies, including the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and specialized agencies, including at the country level, and States shall promote respect for and full application of the provisions of this Declaration and follow up the effectiveness of this Declaration.”

Considering the above we conclude that the UN agencies should provide support to indigenous peoples and were designed to ensure the active and equitable participation of people in decisions that affect their daily lives and development of their communities, at the time that these agencies do not allow the media and promote participation of indigenous peoples in decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their communities and ensure their full participation as people with equal rights to all other peoples , in the wording of any document that brings consequences for indigenous peoples are being violated articles by UN member states and this is also a flagrant violation of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Therefore:

As Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala we work, live, and celebrate the struggle to defend our collective right of continental self-determination with the Indigenous Nations of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus of North America, the Great Turtle Island, and with base communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador that are considered in the region of the Latin America and the Caribbean Caucus by the UN System, we ask the indigenous peoples of the world DENY CONSENT and not participate in a process that is not only in obvious disregard for our rights but also exemplifies a lack of respect for our ancestors and those who have given their lives to make the UN resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples a reality.

We call upon indigenous peoples to continue this struggle in defense of our own. The right to free, prior and informed consent is our right, do not let that light of hope for future generations disappear, it is our duty not to consent to something that is not in the interests of indigenous peoples. "Our ways of life will never die."

We appeal to all indigenous peoples to not meekly participate in a meeting where the agenda is not indigenous, and favors the interests of the states. We demand our right to participate with full, equal and effective recognition of our rights as Peoples - Equal to all other peoples, in meetings and consultations on matters that affect us whenever indigenous peoples issues are discussed.

Finally we ask of the President of the UN General Assembly Mr. John Ashe that in the performance of his duties as president he respect the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in particular the articles listed herein, and thus give a positive example to the member states of the UN system.

NAHUACALLI
Embassy of Indigenous Peoples

Sunday, March 30, 2014

UN PGA 17 March 2014: The Formula via Ambassador Crispin Gregoire



The Formula:


          The President of the General Assembly (PGA) will preside over and conduct the informal consultations and, in accordance with the modalities resolution (A/res/66/296), will have overall authority for the text. In his absence, the PGA will appoint a designate (not a member state or an indigenous representative) to conduct the consultations in his name and on his behalf.

          The composition of the podium will be: PGA (or his designate) and four Advisers (two member state and two representatives of indigenous peoples).[1]

          The four Advisers will be treated equally throughout the consultation process, and will be involved in all informal processes and discussions related to the draft text on an equal basis.

          Informal consultations will be open and inclusive. Representatives of indigenous peoples will be able to attend and to take the floor during informal consultations.[2]

          At the conclusion of the informal consultation process, (i.e. when the text is ready to go to a silence procedure), Indigenous peoples' involvement  in the process  will conclude.  Member State participants will, in accordance with the modalities resolution, consider the final text in order to obtain agreement by the General Assembly before its formal action at the high­level meeting.


[1] It ls understood that the two member state representatives will be the ambassadors of Slovenia and Costa Rica. In accordance with Article 18 of the UNDRIP, indigenous peoples will select their own representatives.

[2] For practical reasons, the number of indigenous peoples should be limited to 30 or less.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Communique to NAIPC from AMERG, Maya Vison of Guatemala




AMERG
Asociación de Maestros de Educación Rural de Guatemala
 Asociation of Rural Educators of Guatemala
City of Guatemala, 6 of February 2014
 
Brother Tupac Enrique Acosta
Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
Phoenix, Arizona

Receive from the original peoples of Guatemala, the Association of Teachers of Rural Education of Guatemala (AMERG ), Maya Vision Guatemala, our highest token of gratitude, greetings and respect.

Dear Brother Tupac, permit us the honor to refer to you to follow up with the agreement of the encounter DISMANTLING the Doctrine of Discovery realized in Phoenix, Arizona where Maya Vision Guatemala, Maya Vision of Los Angeles, and Techantit Cultural Center of the sister Republic of El Salvador, along with TONATIERRA agreed to mutually support ourselves in the defense of the Natural Resources and Human Rights of the peoples that are being criminalized by the states and the transnational companies; in our last conference via telephone it was sustained and agreed, to streamline and make said accords viable, in formalizing our request before the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples and have a team of accompaniment in capacity of International Observers of Indigenous Human Rights to Guatemala.

The organizations of Original Peoples, especially AMERG and Maya Vision Guatemala, undertake and offer the logistics for the stay of the delegation in Guatemala, that consists of lodging, food and transportation to visit the places affected by the issues of Mining, Dams, Pipelines and Monocultures, in order to have the knowledge and direct contact with the population that lives and suffers from the consequences of the criminalization done in part by the transnational companies and the government of Guatemala.

We hope that in the next meeting that will be held by the different organizations of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus, that they may consider the importance that we as original peoples of Guatemala foresee in being able to join together in our collective protest, our unswerving and unending struggle on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala.

After forming the members of the legation of Indigenous observers, we can define the dates of the visit to Guatemala.

We continue hoping in your good efforts to intervene before the other organizations of the North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus, regarding our proposed petition.


               Juan Pascual Francisco                                       Mario Jacinto Chaj Lopez

President & Legal Representative of AMERG       Representative of Maya Vision in Guatemala

For an education for the development, constructing a new society.
13 Calle 5-16 Torre San Francisco, Oficina 602, Zona 1 Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel/ Fax: (502) 2232-1171
Email: amerguate@yahoo.com 
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AMERG
Asociación de Maestros de Educación Rural de Guatemala 
Ciudad de Guatemala, 6 of February 2014


Hermano Tupac Enrique Acosta
Nahuacalli, Embajada de Pueblos Indígenas
Phoenix, Arizona [EEUU] 

Reciba de los Pueblos originarios de Guatemala, de la Asociación de Maestros de Educación Rural de Guatemala (AMERG), Maya Vision Guatemala, nuestras mas altas muestras de saludo y respeto.

Estimado Hermano Tupac, nos permitimos el honor de referirnos a usted, para darle seguimiento a los acuerdos del encuentro DESMANTELANDO La Doctrina de Descubrimiento realizado en Phoenix, Arizona donde Maya Vision Guatemala, Maya Vision de Los Angeles y el Centro Cultural Techantit de la hermana Republica del Salvador, y TONATIERRA se acordo apoyarnos mutuamente en la defensa de los Recursos Naturales y los Derechos Humanos de los pueblos que estan siendo criminalizados per los estados y las empresas transnacionales; asi como lo sostenido en las ultimas conferencia via telefónica, de agilizar y viabilizar dichos acuerdos en oficializar nuestra solicitud ante la Nahuacalli, Embajada de Pueblos lndígenas, un equipo de acompanamiento en materia de OBSERVATORIO INTERNACIONAL INDÍGENA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS PARA GUATEMALA. 

Las Organizaciones de los Pueblos Originarios, especialmente AMERG y Maya Vision Guatemala, se comprometen en ofrecer la logistica de la estadia de la delegación en Guatemala, que consiste en Hospedaje, Alimentacion y transporte para visitar los lugares afectas por temas de la Mineria, Represas, Oleoductos y monocultivos, para poder tener el conocimiento y contacto directo con la población que vive y sufre las consecuencias de la criminalizacion por parte de las empresas transnacionales y el Gobierno de Guatemala. 

Esperamos que en la proxima reunion que sostendran las diferentes organizaciones del Caucus Indígena Norte, puedan considerar el nivel de importancia que es para los pueblos originarios de Guatemala el poder sumarse a nuestras luchas reivindicativas e inclaudicables para el pueblo de Guatemala.

Despues de conformado los miembros del observatorio, podamos definir fechas de la visita a Guatemala.

Nos quedamos en espera de sus buenos oficios para intermediar ante las demas organizaciones Caucus Indígena Norte, nuestra petición planteada.
Por una educación para el desarrollo, construyendo una nueva sociedad

13 Calle 5-16  Torre  San Francisco,  Oficina 02,  Zona 1

Ciudad de  Guatemala, Guatemala

Tel/ Fax: (502) 2232-1171

Email: amerguate@yahoo.com
Juan Pascual Francisco,Presidente y                         Mario Chaj Lopez

Representante Legal de AMER-G                                Represente de Maya Vision en Guatemala