Friday, December 22, 2006

UN General Assembly Defers Action on the Declaration of Indigenus Peoples' Rights

United Nations 20 December 2006 General Assembly GA/10563 ---

Department of Public Information o News and Media Division o New York Sixty-first General Assembly Plenary 82^nd Meeting (AM)

Concluding consideration of Third Committee reports, General Assembly adopts convention on enforced disappearance Defers Action on Indigenous Peoples' Declaration; Adopts Texts on Kidnapping, Trafficking in Persons, UN Crime Programme, African Institute, World Drug Problem

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In other business, the Assembly adopted a resolution on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, by which it decided to defer consideration of and action on that document until sometime before the end of the current session. The deferment had been sought by delegations who had expressed concerns about the Declaration's potential effects on national sovereignty and land rights, though several other Member States, mainly from Latin America, had noted during the Committee's meetings that, after 24 years of drafting and revisions to address the concerns of many delegations, it was time to make the Declaration a reality. That resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 89 abstentions (see annex).
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Human Rights Council Second Session

The Human Rights Council ended it's second session on 6 October 2006 and deferred action on various human rights resolutions until it's session on 27 November 2006, see NewsID=20165&Cr=rights&Cr1=council

Friday, October 06, 2006

World Civil Society calls on UN to recognize Indigenous Rights

World's Governments Pressed on Native Peoples' Rights Haider Rizvi, OneWorld US, Fri., Oct. 6, 2006 UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (OneWorld) - Global civil society organizations are pressing the 192-nation U.N. General Assembly to recognize indigenous peoples' rights to their land and resources. ''This is an opportunity that must not be lost,'' said Nicholas Howen, secretary-general of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). He referred to a proposed Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues drafted the document over years of intense diplomacy involving governments, indigenous peoples' representatives, and numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Continued here:

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Report: Czechs, others sterilize Gypsies

Report: Czechs, others sterilize Gypsies A new draft UN report and rights activists say a Soviet-era campaign to sterilize Romany women continues. By Jeffrey White | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC – It is only after a male visitor leaves the room that Helena Gorolova, standing next to her husband, lowers her voice and says, "as a woman I feel worthless." Ms. Gorolova cannot have any more children. Sixteen years ago, she says, doctors at a hospital here sterilized her while she gave birth to her second son by caesarean section. In the throes of labor they had her sign a form authorizing the sterilization, but did not explain what it was. "They said, 'You have to sign this or you will die,' " says Gorolova. "At that time I would have signed my own death sentence, I was in such pain. I had no idea what the word [sterilization] meant. I signed something, but I didn't know what it was." Continued at html?s=hns

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

DATE: 29 June 2006 From the UN: Human Rights Council Adopts the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The Human Rights Council has adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and recommended its adoption by the General Assembly, Human Rights Council Resolution 2006/2. DATE: 15-26 May 2006 From the UN Fifth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held

The Agenda and Reports from the Fifth Session are reported on this web page:

From DOCIP: The Indigenous Peoples' Centre for Documentation has transcripts of all presentations made by IGO and NGO representatives during the Fifth Session: Permanent Forum Statements.


DATE: 20 Oct 2005 From the UN: UNESCO and Bioethics: UNESCO has adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. It joins two other standard-setting texts on bioethics: the 1997 Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, and the 2003 International Declaration on Human Genetic Data. DATE: 21-23 Sept 2005 From the UN: A Technical Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Peoples was held in Panama City from 21 -23 September 2005. The papers and reports from the Workshop are now available. DATE: 18 Aug 2005 From the UN: Draft Program for the Second International Decade for the World's Indigenous Peoples Draft Program of Action for the Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the Addendum of 26 August 2005 from the Secretary General. For other languages see the News and Events page of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DATE: 9 Aug 2005 From the UN: August 9 is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples In December the General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/59/174 for a Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples starting on 1 January 2005. The recommendation of the Third Committee and the text are here: A Program of Action is anticipated in August 2005. DATE:16 May 2005 From the UN News Service: UN opens two-week forum on indigenous issues to consider ways forward With indigenous peoples being the poorest and most marginalized in many countries, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fr├ęchette today said the failure of Member States to negotiate an acceptable declaration on their rights is one of the major challenges facing the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. DATE: 11 May 2005 Today, the ILO released it's Report on Forced Labor: "Most forced labour today is still exacted in developing countries where older forms of forced labour are sometimes transmuting into newer ones, notably in a range of informal sector activities, the report says. Debt bondage frequently affects minorities - including indigenous peoples - that have long experienced discrimination on the labour market, and locks them in a vicious cycle of poverty from which they find it ever more difficult to escape. Many victims are working in remote geographical areas, where labour inspection presents a particular challenge." DATE: Thu, 05 May 2005 17:59:37 +0300 From: MINELRES moderator,
Original sender: Natalie Schweizer ELEVENTH SESSION OF THE WORKING GROUP ON MINORITIES 30 May - 3 June 2005, Geneva The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has the honour to inform your organization that the eleventh session of the Working Group on Minorities will take place from 30 May to 3 June 2005 at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXVI. The provisional agenda and other information pertaining to the organization of the eleventh session of the Working Group on Minorities will be available very soon on the web site of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the following address: For information on NGO participation, please see: For further information or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the eleventh session of the Working Group on Minorities at phone 022 917 92 04 or 022 917 92 45, e-mail: or and at fax no. 022 917 90 10. More Indigenous and Ethnic Minority News