Category Archives: Rights of Indigenous Peoples

“The power of the Universal Declaration is the power of ideas to change the world. It inspires us to continue working to ensure that all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity. One vital aspect of this task is to empower people to demand what should be guaranteed: their human rights.” – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in “illustrated edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (2015 ed.)
https://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf
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“At the heart of all the violations of our human rights has been the failure to respect our integrity, and the insistence on speaking for us, defining our needs and controlling our lives.” – Karbi leader Dharamsing Teron quoted by Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh in “Performing Ethnicity to Resist Marginalisation: The Tangsa in Assam” (PhD thesis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2015)
http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1039320680
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“[In 2007] the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples […] recognized the rights of indigenous peoples to revitalize, use, protect, preserve and transmit their histories, languages and oral traditions to future generations, and granted indigenous peoples the right to establish media and educational systems in their own languages.” – “Summary report on the International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2019” (United Nations, 14 February 2020)
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N20/040/59/PDF/N2004059.pdf?OpenElement
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Excerpts from the “United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”:
“Indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognizing the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such. [As they] contribute to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind […] all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust. [Therefore] indigenous peoples, in the exercise of their rights, should be free from discrimination of any kind.” – Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007
https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf
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“[T]he concept of indigenous peoples relates to the specific situations where people suffered from historic injustices as a result of their colonization and dispossession of their lands, territories and resources.” – Mayank Joshi (Councellor, Permanent Mission of India to the UN), General Assembly (Statement, 8 September 2017)
https://pminewyork.gov.in/IndiaatUNGA?id=MzUwMQ
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“We also need, here and worldwide, to focus on those rights in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights that corporate media have simply expunged from public discourse.” – P. Sainath (founder of PARI “People’s Archive of Rural India”) in “We Didn’t Bleed Him Enough”: When Normal is the Problem (counterpunch.org , 12 August 2020, first published in Frontline magazine)
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/08/12/we-didnt-bleed-him-enough-when-normal-is-the-problem/
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“UN Convention Against Tortures seeks to prevent all types of tortures and other acts of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment around the world. Currently, the Convention is under review to make it more effective. Except seven countries that include India, all UN member nations have ratified the UN Convention Against Tortures.” – MY Siddiqui in “Time to tame torturers” (tehelka.com, 29 October 2020)
http://tehelka.com/time-to-tame-torturers/
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“[The National Human Right] Commission remained engaged, suo-motu or on the basis of complaints, with instances of custodial death and rape, death in police custody, illegal detention and torture, police high-handedness, death in police and para-military firing and encounter, atrocities against vulnerable sections of society – women, children, disabled and the elderly – often compounded when they belong to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.” – National Human Right Commission, “Annual Report – 2014-2015”, p. 257
https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/NHRC_AR_EN_2014-2015_27022019.pdf
www.nhrc.nic.in
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“It is ‘universally accepted’ wisdom in state-based international law that all peoples have the right to freely choose their political status and their social, economic, political and cultural future without external interference. Peoples have rights and the right to exist.” – Rudolph C. Rÿser (Founder, Center for World Indigenous Studies) in Biodiversity Wars: Coexistence or Biocultural Collapse in the 21st Century (2020), Chapter 1 “Original Peoples”
https://www.cwis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Chapter-1_Biodiversity-Wars.pdf
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“Earlier, the lands have no title, as all the lands are located inside Reserve Forests. [Now] the tribal land issue has become the single major human rights issue created by the non-tribesmen.” – Sargunam Davidson (by email, 10 June 2019)
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“In the Andaman and Nicobar Islands [we] have here a situation where the protection of the indigenous peoples, the forests and the islands’ biodiversity including its rich bird life are all intricately linked.” – Pankaj Sekhsaria in “An intricate web” (The Hindu, 4 February 2012)
https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine//article59800934.ece
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“Even though they are responsible for protecting the largest part of the global forest heritage […] a third of indigenous and community lands in 64 countries are under threat due to the lack of land tenure rights.” – Pressenza Rio de Janerio in “Indigenous people are heading to CoP26: ‘There is no solution to the climate crisis, without us’.” (Down To Earth, 1 November 2021)https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/climate-change/indigenous-people-are-heading-to-cop26-there-is-no-solution-to-the-climate-crisis-without-us–79981
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“In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group [including acts such as] imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” – The Office on Genocide Prevention (United Nations) in “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide” (Definition, Article II d & e)
https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/genocide.shtml
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“We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.” – United Nations manifesto on the purpose of celebrating “Human Rights Day” each year on 10 December
https://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

“It’s time for our nations to have a voice”: A place for young leaders to share their stories and to show that they are contemporary citizens – United States of America

by Rae Paoletta 8/25/2015 There are 5.1 million Native Americans living in the United States right now, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Despite this, when you Google “Native Americans,” here’s what comes up: There are barely any photos of … Continue reading

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Audio | The Muskoka Summit on the Environment – Canada

Restoring our relationship with nature from lake beds to treetops Indigenous peoples have all around the world have principles and values that we can learn from, that will help us to understand what our responsibility is here. (9:33) What’s emerging … Continue reading

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Helping end human trafficking and modern slavery – #FREEDOMFORGIRLS

71% of modern slavery victims are women and girls. With an estimated 40.3 million people victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, that’s a lot of girls around the world who are being exploited for someone else’s benefit, or treated like … Continue reading

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Audio | Blood Quantum, Racist Mascots, and Treaty Rights: National Museum of the American – USA

I would say blood quantum has always been an issue. I think Natives have always opposed it. It’s not how we decide who’s Native. It’s not accurate. It’s not even based on anything but what a government agent said 100 … Continue reading

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eBook | Solutions that preserve the diversity of cultures and ecosystems: “The only two factors that ensure life on the planet”

About the Author […] Dr. Rÿser has contributed to policies and laws affecting American Indians and indigenous peoples internationally, contributing for more than 25 years to the development of the UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN … Continue reading

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