In May 2013 the ICMM issued its Indigenous Peoples and Mining Position Statement extending Free Prior and Informed Consent to its member companies. See Emily Greenspan's brief article at Oxfam America for comment on the Position Statement.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Migration Flows Raise the Question: Who are the Indigenous Peoples of Russia? Arvamus 21 Mar 2013 Paul Goble EWR
Staunton, March 21 – Sergey Sokolovsky, a senior scholar at the Moscow Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, notes that the concept of “indigenous peoples” however strange it may seem entered into Russian anthropological discourse relatively recently and arose first in the sphere of law and administration.
Sokolovsky, who edits “Etnograficheskoye obozreniye,” says that “when we speak about statuses connected with the particular features of culture and language of communities … as indigenous peoples or national minorities, we inevitably land in [a complicated] inter-disciplinary situation,” where law, “powerful political influence, and everyday understandings” about indigenousness intersect postnauka.ru/faq/10578.
“How are indigenous peoples distinguished from others?” the ethnographer asks. What does this term refer to? Is it just an updating of the now outdated Russian term “tuzemnost’” and what do suggested replacements like “autochthonian, aboriginal, or indigenous” add or contribute to our understanding?
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was established by the Human Rights Council, the UN’s main human rights body, in 2007 under Resolution 6/36 as a subsidiary body of the Council.
The Expert Mechanism provides the Human Rights Council with thematic advice, in the form of studies and research, on the rights of Indigenous peoples as directed by the Council. The Expert Mechanism may also suggest proposals to the Council for its consideration and approval.
A video on the Expert Mechanism is here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/Video.aspx