Friday, April 20, 2018

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





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