Tuesday, July 1, 2014

UNPFII Report on the thirteenth session

United Nations
Economic and Social Council
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Report of the thirteenth session

At its thirteenth session, the Permanent Forum convened a one-day dialogue on the High-level Plenary Meeting/World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The Forum is seriously concerned at the lack of substantive progress in the informal consultations held by, or on behalf of, the President of the General Assembly with Member States and indigenous peoples. The Forum is also alarmed at the conduct of certain States, whose interactions with the President of the General Assembly indicate the clear departure from the provision of the modalities resolutions. Notwithstanding the commitments made by the General Assembly in its resolution 66/296 on the organization of the Conference, the Forum is deeply concerned that the full, effective and equal participation of indigenous peoples in all processes leading to and including the High-level Plenary Meeting remains uncertain. 

1 comment:

  1. By confining Indigenous Peoples to the framework of the Economic and Social Council, it confines Indigenous peoples to civil relationships (open prison) and the internal policies of colonial states.
    By such reference or the consent of participating on these terms, indigenous participants will impliedly grant to colonial states jurisdictional supremacy, their territories, lands and natural resources including their genetic and molecular properties.
    It places firmly into the hands of colonial states the rights of nationhood, international and political rights to designate economic rights as a money transfer. The European Doctrine of Discovery becomes entrenched into concrete along with their colonial states around the world.
    They need Indigenous approval to legitimize their current framework and no doubt they will find the necessary sponsor from their "state" employees claiming to represent indigenous people. Yet we know this whole process is wrong and more than likely, corrupt. Exclusion at this level matches the exclusion in domestic situations, with varying levels of the use of force and guns by colonial forces.
    At this very late juncture, if matters are not proceeding as they should for Indigenous Peoples leading up to the Conference, then there seems little point in simply legitimizing the Doctrine of Discovery.
    We should rely instead on those who have acquired "Permanent Observer Status" to carry the message for us without becoming compromised by being a "recognized" party to what is increasingly looking to be a Conference of Colonial States masquerading as a Conference of Indigenous Peoples.
    Kahi Takimoana Harawira
    Whakaminenga Confederation