Friday, April 20, 2018

UNPFII 2018: Statement by Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus


Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus

Seventeenth Session of the UNPFII 16–27 April 2018


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We note the dominant themes of our Global Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus for 2018 as being self determination, indigenous justice, the doctrine of discovery, access to Indigenous lands territories and resources, and water sovereignty – which includes our rights to  define our own freshwater and ocean policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to our unique circumstances. We note the continued contamination of water for the purposes of resource extraction and nuclear weapons industries. Access to justice for Indigenous Peoples remains an issue, in particular for Indigenous women, Indigenous children, and Indigenous defenders of lands, resources, territories and human rights. With this in mind the caucus offers the following recommendations:

1.     We echo president Evo Morales’ call in 2008 for a UN Convention on Water, to be developed with full participation of Indigenous Peoples. The water is life issue reminds the world community of the need for action to protect, and enhance water quality by first aligning all initiatives related to water with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We assert our human right to water and the role of water in our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, communal and environmental wellbeing. We take a position against aquacide, the killing of the waters.

2.     That the Permanent Forum request a report on the implementation of the recommendations made, to be submitted to the forum at its 18th session, in 2019. The report should analyse the challenges as well as the associated factors that United Nations agencies and funds, member states and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations have faced.

3.     We call upon the UN to put in place monitoring systems to protect Indigenous Peoples and secure their rights to justice. Concerns continue around the violations of human rights of Indigenous women, children and water and land protectors. Disproportionate  incarceration, serious injury, and death are all linked to the criminalization of Indigenous rights to land and water protection.

4.     We further call upon the Permanent Forum to put in place a monitoring system to promote and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples reporting to the Permanent Forum in their capacity as Indigenous communicators and human rights defenders.

5.     We call upon the Permanent Forum to continue to advance the work and recommendations of the UN Preliminary Study on the Impact of the Doctrine of Discovery (2010), the Study on Cross-border issues (2015), and update the Treaty Study by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez (1999), without discrimination and in full recognition and respect for the Rights of Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples,  "Equal to all other peoples...". This report should be a full comprehensive and complete report that focuses on the systemic violations on the rights of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples,  and should extend to the co-development of treaty-centered national constitutions. We remain disappointed that there has been little in the way of education on the ongoing human rights violations normalized by the perpetuation of colonial doctrines, with increased potential for miseducation in the memorializing of the illegal invasions of Indigenous territories.

6.     We further recommend that the Permanent Forum reiterate their call for member states to repudiate all instances of the discovery doctrine, and that states discontinue the memorializing of colonial invaders through official holidays, monuments and events.

7.     We echo the 2017 calls of Chief Oren Lyons and member state South Africa for the advancement of a Convention for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recommend that a working group be established, led by Indigenous Peoples, to consider advancing towards a United Nations Convention on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is our view that self determination on our own terms will remain elusive while inaction towards a Convention persists. This evidenced in the continued difficulties of access for Indigenous Peoples to the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues.

8.     As a recourse for peoples who face political persecution for presenting, or experience continued barriers to attending, we call for the return of prioritisation to the Global Indigenous Peoples and Womens’ Caucuses.

9.     Furthermore, we reaffirm that our participation, advice and recommendations to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples in defense of the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth, does not constitute the devolution or reduction of the Mandate of Indigenous Peoples now or in the Future Generations.

UNPFII 2018: TONATIERRA - Agenda Item 10 Human Rights


United Nations
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 
17th Session, 17-27 April 2018 

TONATIERRA 

Agenda Item 10: Human Rights

Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


18 APRIL 2018


Good greetings Madam Chair, members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, assembled legations, delegates, and participants here present and also engaged from the Four Directions via the diverse communications and media networks of tradition and technology here now present. 

Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples 

In remembrance and reference to previous interventions made by TONATIERRA at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, may we clarify this morning that our participation in this forum of the UN system is in full exercise of the collective Mandate of Indigenous Peoples in as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth.  We greet each and all here once again with due respect and commitment to the fullest measure possible to the shared goal of World Peace which underlies the all mandates of the UN system of government states, including this Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

We would also now recall and remind the UN Permanent Forum on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the clarification made by our delegation at the Global Indigenous Preparatory Conference held in Alta Norway in 2013, that as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth, our engagement with the member states of the UN system, individually, regionally, continentally, and globally is based upon our collective responsibilities and collective rights as defenders of the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth, unto the future generations.

Recommendation: 

Strengthening of the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

1) We call for the strengthening of the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  In consequence and fulfillment of the relevant recommendations made by the UNPFII in previous sessions, we call for the integration of a formal assessment and methodology of the processes of repudiation and dismantling of racist relic of the Doctrine of Discovery by the government states of this continent Abya Yala [the Americas] by the Special Rapporteur in each and all of her official country visits to the countries whose claims for jurisdiction as successor states to the Doctrine are still normalized by the Doctrine of Discovery of Christendom, the Papal Bulls of Pope Alexander VI Inter Caetera (1493), and presently reinforced and given permanence in the modern era by the Monroe Doctrine of 1823.

This is context as well for the urgent call to the international community and to all Human Rights defenders to denounce the legaloid systems of oppression normalized by the so called national "immigration" legislation, policies, and practices of the successor states to the Doctrine of Discovery in the Americas, and their respective international borders.  We denounce once more, and call for international accountability and appropriate prosecution and not simply "redress" or "reconciliation" even as we have done in 1987 before the United Nations Human Rights Commission, for the systemic collusion among the states of North America [NAFTA] in violation of the right of Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples, equal to all other peoples.  In this regard, we bring special attention to the proposed construction of a "wall" along the lines of the border established by the United States and Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), in violation of the our right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

Call to Update the UN Treaty Study by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez 

We call for the necessary update of the 1999 United Nations Study on Studies on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous populations (by Miguel Alfonso Martínez) (E/CN.4/Sub.2/1999/20), in order for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Human Rights Council to fulfill their obligations and mandates, in full recognition and respect for the principle of equality as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007). We call for implementation of the pre-emptive norm of non-discrimination for the Treaty Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as "Peoples, equal to all other peoples," and with treaties equal to all other treaties. 

Call for an International Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

We support and endorse the call for consideration and discussions on the advancement of the principles and standards of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples towards a full and comprehensive International Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and call for the UNPFII to officially take note of this intervention which also has been submitted by the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus, and even other member states of the UN participating in this forum here today and in previous sessions.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Tupac Enrique Acosta
Huehuecoyotl
TONATIERRA





Thursday, April 19, 2018

UNPFII 2018: Statement by Mario Luna Romero, Tribu Yaqui [Sonora, Mexico]



United Nations

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

17th Session, 17-27 April 2018



INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ COLLECTIVE RIGHTS TO LANDS, TERRITORIES AND RESOURCES

17 APRIL 2018



FIRST OF ALL, WE WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND CONGRATULATE MARIAM WALLET ABOUBAKRINE, CHAIR OF THE FORUM.

THANK YOU TO THIS HONORABLE FORUM,
TO THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLES PRESENT HERE, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO UNFORTUNATELY COULD NOT BE HERE.

MY NAME IS MARIO LUNA ROMERO, SECRETARY OF THE YAQUI TRIBE OF VICAM, SONORA, MEXICO; I COME TO EXPOSE THE SERIOUS SITUATION PREVAILING IN MEXICO WITH RESPECT TO THE SYSTEMATIC VIOLATION OF OUR RIGHT TO TERRITORY, AS WELL AS THE APPROPRIATION AND WRONGFUL OCCUPATION OF OUR LANDS BY GOVERNMENTAL AND PRIVATE COMPANIES.

THE SENSE OF IMPUNITY AND LACK OF JURIDICAL DEFENSE INCREASES ON A PAR WITH THE INCREASE IN VIOLENCE WHICH IS USED TO PREVENT THE FULFILLMENT OF LEGISLATION IN FAVOR OF OUR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE FREE EXERCISE OF OUR RIGHTS AS ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION, IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS.

THE ABOVE IS DUE TO THE IMPOSITION OF DEVELOPMENT MODELS THAT VIEW OUR SACRED TERRITORIES AND THEIR NATURAL RESOURCES AS SIMPLE MERCHANDISE CONTRARY TO THE VISION THAT WE, THE PEOPLES, HAVE.

JUST A FEW TIMELY CASES INCLUDE: IN CAMPECHE THE MAYA PEOPLE AGAINST THE PRIVATE ORGANIZATION MONSANTO; IN THE ISTHMUS OF TEHUANTEPEC, OAXACA, AGAINST PRIVATE WIND ENERGY PLANTS; IN THE SIERRA OF DURANGO, THE CASE OF THE WIRARIKA PEOPLE AGAINST INVADERS OF THEIR TERRITORIES; SANTA MARIA OSTULA, MICHOACAN, AGAINST THE DISPOSSESSION OF THEIR TERRITORIES ORCHESTRATED BY PARTNERSHIPS OF PARTICULAR MINING COMPANIES AND THE ATTACKS OF ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GROUPS; AND, OF COURSE, IN SONORA WITH THE CASE OF MY PEOPLE, THE YAQUI TRIBE, WITH TWO CASES OF LEGAL PROTECTIONS VIOLATED AND UNPUNISHED IN THE FAILURE TO CARRY OUT THE RULING IN THE CASE OF THE INDEPENDENCIA AQUEDUCT AND A GAS PIPELINE. BUT, IN ADDITION, THE YAQUI PEOPLE ARE CONDEMNED TO DRINKING CONTAMINATED WATER DUE TO PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES THAT DO NOT RESPECT OUR RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

AS A RESULT OF THESE ACTS, ACTS OF VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ARE TAKING PLACE, INCLUDING ACTS SUCH AS THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE DEFENDERS OF OUR TERRITORY AND THE CONTRARY USE OF LAWS AND INSTITUTIONS AGAINST THE FREE EXERCISE OF OUR RIGHT TO DEFEND OUR TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION TO DECIDE THE FUTURE WE WANT FOR OUR PEOPLES.

IN THIS WAY WE OBSERVE (WITH THE ARGUMENT THAT IT IS NON-BINDING) THE INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS ORIGINATING FROM AND DRIVEN BY THIS MULTINATIONAL ORGANIZATION, SUCH AS THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION, THE RIGHTS TO CONSENT, AND TO FREE, PRIOR AND INFORMED CONSENT, AMONG OTHER CLEAR EXAMPLES DOCUMENTED IN THE CASES FOR WHICH IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY YAQUI PEOPLE TO PURSUE.

AS A RESULT OF THIS SITUATION PREVAILING IN A LARGE PART OF THE COUNTRY, IN THE REPORTS OF THE VARIOUS UN RAPPORTEURS WHO HAVE DOCUMENTED CASES DURING THEIR VISITS TO MEXICO, WE CAN READ ABOUT A GREAT NUMBER OF MISSING PERSONS, POLITICAL PRISONERS AND, IN THE WORST CASES, ASSASSINATIONS OR FORCED DISAPPEARANCES, AS IN THE CASE OF THE 43 STUDENTS OF AYOTZINAPA, WHO HAVE YET TO BE FOUND.

WE OBSERVE THAT THE PROBLEM IS REPEATED ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEVEL IN THE CASE OF THE RENEGOTIATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NAFTA, IN WHICH WE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ARE NOT TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IN THIS NEGOTIATION THE USE AND EXPLOITATION OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES ARE INVOLVED. EVEN WORSE, WE ARE OPENLY ATTACKED, AS IN THE CASE OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE IN NORTH DAKOTA IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN CANADA WITH THE KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE.

IN THIS REGARD WE PROPOSE THAT, AS THE LEVEL OF OPPRESSION AGAINST THE FREE EXERCISE OF OUR RIGHTS IS INCREASING, WE LAUNCH AN INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF PRESENCE AND EXERCISE OF THE DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF OUR MOTHER EARTH AS WELL IN THIS FORUM, ANALYZING THE POSSIBILITY OF ELEVATING THE UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO THE NEXT LEVEL, THAT IS TO SAY, AN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, AS SOME MEMBER STATES OF THIS ORGANIZATION HAVE ALREADY OBSERVED.

WE DEMAND REPARATIONS FOR THE DAMAGE TO THE YAQUI PEOPLE IN GENERAL, AS WELL AS TIMELY AND EFFECTIVE COMPENSATION FORTHE YAQUI DEFENDERS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE FOR A YEAR IN 2014 AND WHO REMAIN UNASSISTED TO DATE; WE ALSO DEMAND THE LIBERATION AND A HEARING ADHERING TO THE LAW FOR THE YAQUI POLITICAL PRISONER FIDENCIO ALDAMA.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION AND SUPPORT.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UN Permanent Forum 2018: Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance Statement

Bear Ears Prayer Run Alliance with the United Nations 
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Submitted to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Agenda Item 10
By the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
On April 18, 2018

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I would like to thank the Special Rapporteur, for the opportunity to address Agenda Item 10: Human Rights, to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. I would like to take this moment to acknowledge your safety and wellbeing today. In spirit of the many generations of strong females, our voices will not be extinguished! The Creator positioned each and every one of us in these sacred places to create our sacred spaces. 

We, the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance, an affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, are a delegation from the Pueblo of Laguna, Acoma, Hopi, Navajo and Ute. We take this time to thank the Indigenous Peoples of this land for welcoming and allowing our visit. I would like to acknowledge the spirits of the Indigenous Peoples that came before us.

My name is Jasmine Felipe, I am Sun Clan, my parents are Monica and Harold Felipe. (Will state name in my native language) My name translates as, East side Water Hole Girl – where the koshare live. I am the youth delegate for the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. I am a traditional farmer and trapper. I haul wood, hunt and fish. I am a proud cultural participant. I am an advocate for the Violence Against Woman’s Act (VAWA) and a Water Protector.

Mother Earth is me and I am her. I get to be with my mother every day and she nurtures and heals me. I am not better than her or is she greater than me. I speak for the animals and the future generations. The Bears Ears region is the indigenous home of our ancestors. Tribal leaders and President Obama set forth to protect and safeguard the region for future generations. Our indigenous identity is represented in the relationship of the land, language, culture, ceremony and traditional resources. Protection and the boundaries have been reduced by 85% within the southeastern Utah region. This demonstrates clear and unfortunate disrespect for the human beings that we are and the human rights that we deserve. 
 

We would like to invite the return of the Special Rapporteur to join in our next prayer run. To be our guest, learn about and experience the land, to hear the stories around the camp fire, share in meal time and build a relationship to the landscape in the manner our ancestors did when they ran out on our homelands as we have. To understand and then to return to the United Nations Permanent Forum next year to report back on the importance of the preservation of our sacred sites, using Bears Ears, an endangered and targeted sacred site, critical to our identities, cultures, environment and human rights, as a living example.

On December 26, 2017, Three Sister’s for Bears Ears a Prayer Run and Walk was youth organized in response to concerns of the reduction to the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument. March 12, 2018, the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance engaged in a prayer run into the sacred region of our ancestors. Youth, elders and members of the indigenous peoples, as well as non-indigenous peoples, came out to run and honor the migration of our ancestors. Six nights of camping, where stories of the land and a time of our people were shared around the camp fire. The movements of our elders were carried out in our actions in that moment. We felt their presence and acknowledged their existence.

Thank you for this honorable consideration for our sacred sites of our ancestors and homelands of our elders. To visit and learn, and report back to the world the realities of our homelands, and how they are targeted by corporations and extractive industries, will provide the experience of our ways, culture, customs and the Indigenous needs and threats to our Mother Earth, identities and human rights. Our Mother Earth is not a commodity.

On behalf of those who have gone before us, those who are here today, and those who have yet to come. Thank you.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Foro Permanente ONU 2018: Declaración de Mario Luna Romero, Tribu Yaqui [Sonora, México]


Compartimos la participación de Mario Luna del Pueblo Yaqui en su versión escrita tal como ya quedó registrado en el Foro permanente para cuestiones indígenas de la ONU en previsión de que por falta de tiempo no se pueda hacer uso de la voz y por observar el uso de la voz otorgado preferentemente a los representantes de los Estados y organismos oficiales de los mismos.

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Naciones Unidas
Foro Permanente de Cuestiones Indígenas
17º período de sesiones 17-27 de abril 2018 

DERECHOS COLECTIVOS DE LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS SOBRE LAS TIERRAS, TERRITORIOS Y RECURSOS NATURALES
ABRIL 17 DE 2018
 


ANTES QUE NADA RECONOCER Y FELICITAR A MARIAM WALLET ABOUBAKRINE PRESIDENTA DEL FORO

AGRADECER A ESTE HONORABLE FORO,
A LOS HERMANOS Y HERMANAS REPRESENTANTES DE LOS PUEBLOS AQUÍ PRESENTES Y  A LOS QUE LAMENTABLEMENTE NO PUDIERON ESTAR AQUÍ.

MI NOMBRE ES MARIO LUNA ROMERO, SECRETARIO DE LA TRIBU YAQUI DE VICAM SONORA MÉXICO; VENGO A EXPONER LA GRAVE SITUACION QUE IMPERA EN MEXICO RESPECTO A LA VIOLACION SISTEMÁTICA DE NUESTRO DERECHO AL TERRITORIO, LA APROPIACION Y OCUPACION INDEBIDA DE NUESTRAS TIERRAS POR PARTE DE EMPRESAS GUBERNAMENTALES Y PRIVADAS.

LA SENSACION DE IMPUNIDAD E INDEFENSION JURIDICA AUMENTA A LA PAR QUE AUMENTA LA VIOLENCIA CON LA QUE SE IMPIDE EL CUMPLIMIENTO DE ORDENAMIENTOS JUDICIALES A FAVOR DE NUESTROS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS Y EL LIBRE EJERCICIO DE NUESTROS DERECHOS CONSAGRADOS EN LA CONSTITUCION, TRATADOS Y CONVENIOS NACIONALES E INTERNACIONALES. LO ANTERIOR DEBIDO A LA IMPOSICION DE MODELOS DE DESAROLLO QUE VEN NUESTROS TERRITORIOS SAGRADOS Y SUS RECURSOS NATURALES COMO SIMPLE MERCANCIA CONTRARIO A LA VISION QUE TENEMOS LOS PUEBLOS.

SOLO ALGUNOS CASOS PUNTUALES SON: EN CAMPECHE EL PUEBLO MAYA CONTRA LA EMPRESA PRIVADA MONSANTO, EN EL ITSMO DE TEHUANTEPEC OAXACA CONTRA LAS PRIVADAS EOLICAS, EN NAYARIT CASO PUEBLO WIRARIKA CONTRA INVASORES DE SU TERRITORIO, SANTA MARIA OSTULA MICHOACAN CONTRA EL DESPOJO DE SU TERRITORIO ORQUESTADOS POR LA VINCULACION DE PARTICULARES-MINERAS Y LOS ATAQUES DE GRUPOS DEL CRIMEN ORGANIZADO Y CLARO EN SONORA CON EL CASO DE MI PUEBLO LA TRIBU YAQUI, DOS CASOS CON AMPAROS JUDICIALES VIOLENTADOS E IMPUNEMENTE EN INEJECUCION DE SENTENCIA EN EL CASO DEL ACUEDUCTO INDEPENDENCIA Y UN DUCTO DE GAS. PERO ADEMAS A LA PAR SE CONDENA AL PUEBLO YAQUI A CONSUMIR AGUA CONTAMINADA DEBIDO A LAS ACTIVIDADES PRODUCTIVAS QUE NO RESPETAN NUESTRO DERECHO A UN AMBIENTE SANO.

DERIVADO DE ESTOS ECHOS SE REALIZAN ACTOS DE VIOLACION A LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS COMO LA CRIMINALIZACION DE LOS DEFENSORES DEL TERRITORIO Y EL USO FACCIOSO DE LAS LEYES Y LAS INSTITUCIONES EN CONTRA DEL LIBRE EJERCICIO DE NUESTRO DERECHO A DEFENDER NUESTRA INTEGRIDAD TERRITORIAL Y LA LIBRE DETERMINACION DE DECIDIR POR EL FUTURO QUE QUEREMOS PARA NUESTROS PUEBLOS.

ES ASI QUE OBSERVAMOS (CON EL ARGUMENTO QUE NO ES VINCULATORIO) EL USO INAPROPIADO DE HERRAMIENTAS EMANADOS E IMPULSADOS DESDE ESTE ORGANISMO MULTINACIONAL TAL COMO EL DERECHO A LA LIBRE DETERMINACION , LOS DERECHOS AL CONSENTIMIENTO, A LA CONSULTA LIBRE PREVIA E INFORMADA ENTRE OTROS CLAROS EJEMPLOS DOCUMENTADOS EN LOS CASOS QUE NOS TOCA DAR SEGUIMIENTO EN MI PUEBLO YAQUI.

COMO RESULTADO DE ESTA SITUACION QUE IMPERA EN GRAN PARTE DEL PAIS PODEMOS LEER EN LOS INFORMES DE LOS DIFERENTES RELATORES DE LA ONU QUE HAN DOCUMENTADO CASOS EN SUS VISITAS A MEXICO UNA GRAN CANTIDAD DE DESAPARECIDOS, PRESOS POLITICOS Y EN EL PEOR DE LOS CASOS ASESINATOS O DESAPARICIONES FORZADAS COMO EN EL CASO DE LOS 43 ESTUDIANTES DE AYOTZINAPA QUE SIGUEN SIN APARECER.

OBSERVAMOS QUE EL PROBLEMA SE REPITE A NIVEL INTERNACIONAL EN EL CASO DE LA RENEGOCIACION DEL TRATADO DE LIBRE COMERCIO DE NORTE AMERICA DONDE NO SOMOS TOMADOS EN CUENTA LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS, A PESAR DE QUE EN ESA NEGOCIACION SE COMPROMETEN EL USO Y APROVECHAMIENTO DE NUESTROS RECURSOS NATURALES; PEOR AUN SE NOS AGREDE ABIERTAMENTE COMO LOS CASOS DE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE DEL NORTE DAKOTA EN ESTADOS UNIDOS Y EN CANADA CON EL KINDER MORGAN PIPELINE.

EN ESTE TENOR PROPONEMOS QUE ASI COMO SE ELEVA EL NIVEL DE PRESION CONTRA EL LIBRE EJERCICIO DE NUESTROS DERECHOS IMPULSEMOS TAMBIEN ELEVAR EL NIVEL DE PRESENCIA Y EJERCICIO DE LA DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS Y EL DERECHO DE NUESTRA MADRE TIERRA  EN ESTE FORO ANALIZANDO LA POSIBILIDAD DE ELEVAR  ESTE ESPACIO A OTRO NIVEL DE PRESENCIA COMO LO SERÍA UNA CONVENCION INTERNACIONAL SOBRE DERECHOS DE LOS PUEBLOS INDIGENAS TAL COMO YA LO HAN OBSERVADO INCLUSO ALGUNOS ESTADOS MIEMBROS DE ESTE ORGANIZMO.

EXIGIMOS REPARACION DE DAÑOS AL PUEBLO YAQUI EN LO GENERAL Y PUNTUAL Y EFECTIVA A LOS DEFENSORES YAQUIS QUE FUERON CAUTIVOS POR UN AÑO EN 2014 Y QUE A LA FECHA SIGUEN SIN SER ATENDIDOS;  ADEMAS DE LA LIBERACION Y UN PROCESO APEGADO A DERECHO AL PRESO POLITICO YAQUI FIDENCIO ALDAMA.

GRACIAS POR SU ATENCION Y APOYO.


UNPFII 2018 Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance Statement

Thank you, Madame Chair, for the opportunity to address Agenda Item 8 to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. We, the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance, an affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, are a delegation from the Pueblo of Laguna, Acoma, Hopi, Navajo and Ute. We take this time to thank the Indigenous Peoples of this land for welcoming and allowing our visit. I would like to acknowledge the spirits of the Indigenous Peoples that came before us.

My name is Jasmine Felipe, I am Sun Clan, my mother is Monica Felipe and my father is Harold Felipe. (Will state name in my native language) My name translates as, East side Water Hole Girl – where the koshare live. I am the youth delegate for the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. I am a traditional farmer and trapper. I haul wood, hunt and fish. I am a proud cultural participant. I am an advocate for the Violence Against Woman’s Act (VAWA) and a Water Protector.

Mother Earth is me and I am her. I get to be with my mother every day and she heals me. I am not better than her or is she greater than me. I speak for the animals and the future generations. The Bears Ears region is the indigenous home of our ancestors. Tribal leaders and President Obama set forth to protect and safeguard the region for future generations. Our indigenous identity is represented in the relationship of the land, language, culture, ceremony and traditional resources. Protection and the boundaries have been reduced by 85% within the southeastern Utah region. This demonstrates clear and unfortunate disrespect for the human beings that we are and the human rights that we deserve.

March 12 2018, the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance engaged in a prayer run into the sacred region of our ancestors. Youth, elders and members of the indigenous people, as well as non-indigenous people, came out to run and our migration of our ancestors. Six nights of camping, where stories of the land and a time of our people were shared around the camp fires. The movements of our elders were mimicked in our actions in that moment. We felt their presences and acknowledged their existence.

We would like to take this time to recommend the Special Rappoteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to join in critical support of our next prayer run. To be our guest, learn about and experience the land, to hear the stories around the camp fire, share in meal time and build a relationship to the landscape in the manner our ancestors did when they ran out on our homelands as we have. To understand and then to return to the UN Permanent Forum next year to report back on the importance on saving sacred sites, using Bears Ears, an endangered and targeted sacred site, critical to our identities, cultures, environment and human rights, as a living example.

Thank you for this honorable consideration for our sacred sites of our ancestors and homelands of our elders. To visit and learn, and report back to the world the realities of our homelands, and how they are targeted by corporations and extractive industries, will provide the experience of our ways, culture, customs and the Indigenous needs and threats to our Mother Earth and identities and human rights. My Mother is not a commodity.

On behalf of those who have gone before us, those who are here today, and those who have yet to come. Thank you.





Sunday, April 15, 2018

Report from the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus 2018

Tupak Huehuecoyotl, Izkaloteka


Report from Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus Consultation Saturday April 14, 2018: Call to Update the United Nations Treaty Study by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez (1999) based on the standards and principles articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and the call by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010) to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery of Christendom.


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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
14th Session June 20, 2015
Agenda Item: 3a) Outcome of the High Level Plenary [WCIP] of September 2014

Dual Mandate


We call for an effective decolonization methodology of operation that recognizes the dual mandate of the UN Permanent Forum, namely that of the member states of the UN system established through the UN Charter as a derivative of the Wesphalian system of state sovereignty formalized in 1648, and the Diverse and distinct Mandates of Tradition, Jurisprudence and Jurisgenesis of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples as geopolitical expressions of the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth.





Oren Lyons
Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee



Address to the United Nations General Assembly as the appointed speaker for the North American socio-cultural region at the UN General Assembly high level meeting marking the 10th anniversary of the passage of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 
During the Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 
UN Headquarters, New York
April 25, 2017

"After forty years of discussion, it seems to me that we should move on. I would say that in this short time probably the most important thing we could do is move the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to a United Nations Convention.  Let’s get on with it."

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August 9, 2017
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
 
 Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth

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TONATIERRA
802 N. 7TH Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
United Nations Secretariat (29th Floor)
405 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 



Dear respected members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:
Ms. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine (Mali)
Mr. Jens Dahl (Denmark)
Mr. Jesus Guadalupe Fuentes Blanco (México)
Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary (Nepal)
Ms. Terri Henry (United States of America)
Mr. Brian Keane (United States of America)
Ms. Aisa Mukabenova (Russian Federation)
Ms. Anne Nuorgam (Finland)
Mr. Dmitrii Kharakka-Zaitsev  (Russian Federation)
Mr. Elifuraha Laltaika (United Republic of Tanzania)
Mr. Gervais Nzoa (Cameroon)
Mr. Les Malezer (Australia)
Ms. Lourdes Tibán Guala (Ecuador)
Mr. Seyed Moshen Emadi (Iran)
Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (Peru) 

Good greetings,

Today upon celebration of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples at the UN headquarters in New York, it was reassuring to hear that the call to move forward in partnership, collaboration, and in the Spirit of Human Rights and World Peace towards the realization of a UN Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was addressed during the formal proceedings.

May we extend our sincere appreciation for the delegation of representatives of the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples at the UN today who had the courage, clarity of vision, and Spirit of Self Determination as "Peoples, equal to all other Peoples..." in order to assure that the call for an International Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is not aborted by "doctrines of dominion" at the international level of the states, operation in systemic collusion to subvert and reduce our inherent collective Right of Self Determination as Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth to the remnants of the System Wide Action Plan of the High Level Plenary Meeting HLPM of the UN General Assembly held in September of 2014.


As then, we now again reiterate that we continue to DENY CONSENT that this High Level Plenary Meeting of the member states of the UN General Assembly should be legitimately titled as a World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

A principle reason for this position, beyond the obvious systemic violation of the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent as expressed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the development of the HLPM 2014 is the lack of fundamental accountability in the proceedings that at a minimum would allow for the recognition, respect, and mechanisms of protection for the rights of full and equal participation of the Indigenous Peoples in the processes and the official reports which subsequently are integrated into the official archives of the UN system.
 
The prohibition against racial discrimination is a peremptory norm.

At this point, may we respectfully call upon the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the and the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on Indigenous Issues to communicate with the members of the UNPFII to address and correct the systemic racism under which the UNPFII Secretariat has normalized the practice of discriminatory censorship, by elimination of any reference to the call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as has been presented on the floor of the UN General Assembly during the Sixteenth Session in New York (2017) and yet omitted from mention in the final report.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Tupac Enrique Acosta, Yaotachcauh

Tlahtokan Nahuacalli
TONATIERRA

Embassy of Indigenous Peoples
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“Finally Chairperson, South Africa supports the call for a Convention with legally binding norms and standards for the maximum promotion, protection and fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples which will provide effective legal remedies and recourse.”