Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 27, 2012

Human Rights Groups, States, concerned over Russia's suspension of RAIPON

Human Rights groups and States concerned over Russian suspension of RAIPON
November 26th, 2012  
Pavel Sulyandziga (RAIPON)
Pavel Sulyandziga (RAIPON)
By Rebecca Sommer - Earth Peoples
Reposted at Censored News

The Russian government surprised everyone, and sparked major reactions internationally, when that country’s Ministry of Justice ordered on November 1, 2012, the closure of Russia’s indigenous peoples umbrella organization RAIPON, because of an “alleged lack of correspondence between the association’s statutes and federal law."
According to Russia’s Ministry of Justice the indigenous peoples association will be closed for six months, whereupon the statutes will have to be adjusted.
But RAIPON’s first vice-president Pavel Sulyandziga is determined to fight this decision.
When he lived in the village of Krasny Yar, he was successful in mobilizing the population against the administration’s plans to grant timber harvesting licenses to a Soviet-Korean joint venture led by Hyundai, and showed what kind of quality he’s got.
Sulyandziga -- a Russian indigenous rights activist of Udege nationality, an indigenous nominated United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues member from 2005-2007, a member of the Public Chamber of Russia and the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, and known to be one of the most outspoken indigenous rights activists in the Russian Federation -- is not willing to give up.
Read article at Earth Peoples

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