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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tohono O'odham Angie Ramon: 'My son was killed by the US Border Patrol'

PART I: Tohono O'odham Angie Ramon 'My son was killed by the Border Patrol'
Bennett Patricio, Jr., was run over and killed by the US Border Patrol on Tohono O'odham land. Angie and Ervin Ramon tell his story and their struggle for justice.
Also watch:
Part II: Militarization of Tohono O'odham land, video with Angie and Ervin Ramon

Recorded live by Earthcycles and Censored News, in preparation for the Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Roundtable Symposium on Nov. 18, 2010, sponsored by the Indigenous Alliance without Borders/Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras.

VIDEO: Militarization of Tohono O'odham Nation

Part II: The US Border Patrol and military continue to abuse the rights of the Tohono O'odham in their homeland. US Border Patrol agents also continue to physically and sexually abuse migrants, including Mayan women walking to survive, from Guatemala, Chiapas and Oaxaca. Ervin and Angie Ramon, whose son Bennett Patricio, Jr., was run over and killed by the Border Patrol, describe the daily abuses and high speed recklessness of the Border Patrol that prevents a peaceful existence with the land and way of life in their desert homeland.
Recorded Nov. 17, by Earthcycles and Censored News, in preparation for the Southern Border Indigenous Peoples Roundtable Symposium on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, hosted by the Alianza Indigena sin Fronteras.
Also watch Part I:
Tohono O'odham Angie Ramon: The US Border Patrol killed my son

Bolivia's efforts lead to UN 'World Conference on Indigenous Peoples' 2014

Bolivia’s Initiative Leads UN to Organize “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples”

COMMIUNIQUE (New York, 11/17/10)
Plurinational State of Bolivia
Photo: Michelle Cook, Navajo, Cochabamba, Bolivia 2010

Following an initiative by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the United Nations General Assembly approved by consensus yesterday a draft resolution (A/C.3/65/L.22/Rev.1) in which countries agreed to hold a “World Conference on Indigenous Peoples” in 2014.

The Conference, which will take place at the end of the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (2005 – 2014), aims to exchange criteria for the fulfillment of the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The resolution calls on Member States and the international community to help find solutions to the problems faced by indigenous peoples in areas including culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, and socio-economic development.

The resolution makes reference to the first World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, organized by the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Cochabamba from April 20th to 22nd, 2010.

It also expands the mandate of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples to include facilitating the participation of representatives of indigenous organizations in the sessions of the UN Human Rights Council.

Comprising 7 preambulary paragraphs, and 10 operative paragraphs, the resolution will be ratified in December of this year by the General Assembly.

Following its presentation by the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the resolution was co-sponsored by the following nations: Argentina, Australia, Benin, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and the Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela. Upon its adoption, the following were added: the United States, Brazil, New Zeland, Canada, Italy, Estonia, Spain, Albania, Chile, Greece, Congo, Armenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Paraguay and Luxembourg.

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