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: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/session_fifth.html.

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.

2005

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: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/news/a59500/a59500eng.pdf. 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: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/inf/pr/2005/22.htm "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, minelres@mailbox.riga.lv
Original sender: Natalie Schweizer NSchweizer@ohchr.org 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: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/group/main.htm For information on NGO participation, please see: http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/group/ngoparticipation.htm 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: fblyth-kubota@ohchr.org or nschweizer@ohchr.org and at fax no. 022 917 90 10. More Indigenous and Ethnic Minority News

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