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Brazil Indigenous file UN human rights complaint

ENGLISH: Human Rights Complaint Document submitted by the National Indigenous Peoples Organization from Brazil (APIB) to the United Nations OHCHR

Munduruku protest against dam (Photo © Rebecca Sommer)
(Document submitted by Uilton Tuxá (APIB) to the OHCHR in Geneva, 13 November 2012)
Translated into English by EARTH PEOPLES. Click here to read the original in Portuguese
By Earth Peoples
We are highly concerned about the worsening situation in our country and the increasing violations on our fundamental collective human rights as a peoples.
The main objective of this document is to request the UN system to intervene with the Brazilian State to take measures to ensure respect for indigenous peoples rights in accordance with international human rights instruments, among which we highlight the ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which establish the right of indigenous peoples to Free, Prior and Informed Consent, yet frequently violated by Brazil despite the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR / OAS).
Brazil is seen in the world as one of the fastest economically growing countries especially in the last decade, and therefore considered to have evolved from the status of a third world country to the status of an emerging country, but even with the investment in programs such as the Bolsa Familia that aims to end hunger of the population living in extreme poverty, there are still many poor, and indigenous peoples in Brazil are within this context of poverty.
We wish to present in this paper an overview about the situation of indigenous peoples in Brazil:

Aleut Internment Camps: The untold US atrocity

The horrible and untold story of Aleuts forced into US internment camps is told in 'Aleut Story' now on public television stations

By Brenda Norrell
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The horrible and untold story of Aleuts who were forcibly taken from their homes in Alaska and placed in US internment camps during World War II, is told in the Aleut Story.

Aleut survivor Harriet Hope, interned at Burnett Inlet Duration Camp, "The story was never told. It was purposely held secret."

The film, showing this week on public television, reveals the ever-present death in these camps, where disease was rampant, from boils, to tuberculosis. Aleut were placed in damp and rotting buildings for years, with little food or medicine.

Aleut survivor Mary Bourdukofsky, interned at Funter Bay Duration Camp said, "We really didn’t know where they were going to take us."

"American citizens were starving, were dying," said Aleut survivor Jake Lestenkof, interned at Funter Bay Duration Camp.

Aleut waited for weeks, then months, then years to return to their home islands. The survivors spent decades seeking justice.

The Aleut Story reveals the inherent racism of the US government. During this time, the Aleut men were forced into slave labor as seal hunters, with the US threat of never being able to return to their homes if they did not.

When Aleut return to the camps later as adults, they visit the graves of those who died there.

Read more at Aleut Story
From isolated internment camps in Southeast Alaska to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible, untold story of Aleut Americans’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights.
In 1942, as World War II invaded Alaska, Aleut Americans were taken from their homes and removed to abysmal government camps 1,500 miles away. Death was ever-present in the camps. An estimated 10 percent of the men, women and children sent to the camps would die there—a death rate comparable to that suffered by Americans in foreign prisoner of war camps. As the Aleuts prayed for deliverance, "friendly forces" looted their homes and churches in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands.
Those who survived would fight for their rights—in the nation’s courts and on Capitol Hill. In a historic action—one that continues to influence our lives and our nation’s ideals—Aleuts joined Japanese Americans in seeking wartime reparations from the federal government.
Aleut Americans ultimately prevailed.
Richly textured with all the elements of great human drama—war, suffering, sacrifice, faith, self-discovery and renewal—Aleut Story is a poignant and timely film about the least known chapters of the American civil rights experience.
Filmed on location in Alaska and Washington, DC on 35mm and S16mm, Aleut Story moves viewers through a distant landscape with mesmerizing cinematography, presents rare archival images and contemporary interviews. Narrated by Emmy® winner Martin Sheen, historical readings by John O’Hurley, vocals and flute by Grammy® winner Mary Youngblood.

Aleut Story was developed, researched, filmed and edited for national television over five years. Thousands of pages of historical documents, public testimony, congressional debate, personal memoirs, photographs and scholarly texts were reviewed. Filmed entirely on location, the project took the film crew to the Aleutian Islands, the Pribilof Islands, the historic sites of federal duration camps at Funter Bay and Killisnoo, to Anchorage, Juneau, Seattle and Washington, D.C. But the real strength of this film is the chorus of first person voices.

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Owe Aku: Halt the lies: Obama does not support UN Indigenous Declaration

Owe Aku: Halt the lies: Obama does not support UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Lakotas send solidarity to Palestine
By Owe Aku International
Lakotas Bring Back the Way
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In light of recent comments by some NGOs indicating that the United States is supporting the Declaration and that President Obama's 'proclamation' for Native American Heritage Month further endorses the Declaration without "any qualifications at all" (Andrea Carmen IITC), we felt it is necessary to comment.
These statements are creating an opinion (just as the U.S. would like) that the United States actually "supports" the Declaration. Since this is in fact a lie and gives a false impression of the continuing threat of the United States via its colonial policies to endanger our communities and destroy the environment. Apparently we differ on the idea of "support."

The United States does NOT "support" the declaration. Their "endorsement" is as much a lie as any of the treaties they signed with our ancestors and public posturing is done for the same reasons that reconciliation, Native American heritage month, UN Indigenous Peoples Day, all of this empty symbolism in order to give the appearance that their is some movement in the movement.
Hopefully by now we, as members of Native communities, have learned that without any substance behind the words, without any actions to enforce the treaties, without any commitment to let us participate in the 2014 World Conference on our own terms, without some truth behind the reconciliation, the completely irrelevant posturing of the United States are simply the US continuing to falsely present itself as a denizen of human rights.
To imply that somehow Obama's words have negated their untenable position by saying, "Please note that it reiterates the support (without mentioning “lends” or any qualifications at all) of the Obama Administration for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." But this statement is not true. There are qualifications. The Declaration, its spirit and its intent were gutted by the US State Department in the same way that the pretended participation of Indigenous peoples in the 2014 World Conference has been gutted. To pretend otherwise is a disservice to our communities trying to protect their environment and way of life.

I'm attaching the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council statement that was done when the US "support" statement was first releases. It lists all of the specific U.S. qualifications, denials, and objections to the Declaration.

Watching the excesses of U.S. colonialism and genocide over the past few days as Israel murders the men, women and children of Palestine without impunity and with the money and weapons of the United States, we are praying for the strength of the people of Gaza. We stand with them in solidarity and a recognition that justice will not be found in the lies we tell ourselves.

OP Israel: Anonymous defends Palestine

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Greetings from Anonymous,

It has come to our attention that conservative and pro-Israeli groups throughout the blogosphere have taken advantage of Operation Israel, attempting to solidify public opinion against Anonymous. posted an editorial this morning which stated the following: "If you ever doubted that Anonymous was a terrorist organization, they have now removed all reason for doubt." The article only contained 55 words of original content by the site itself, the other 90 percent of the article was selected quotations by mainstream media sources.

Let us once again be perfectly clear: Anonymous does not in any way support the use of violence. Anonymous is a world wide collective of individuals whose means pursue human rights, justice, and universal equality for the citizens of every nation.

Pro-Israeli groups throughout the world have grown from a foundation of Israeli/US propaganda and lies. They arbitrarily dismiss the apartheid system of racial segregation and oppression imposed by the Israeli government on the Palestinian people. The fact of the matter is, in the eyes of the media, only the United States and it's allies are capable of labeling another state or organization as a terrorists. Throughout our campaign, we've been inundated with one response in particular; references to Hamas hiding in school buildings or using women and children as human shields. Selective memory seems to have given pro-Israeli organizations the ability to forget that in 2005 Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz appeared in court to defend the practice of using Palestinians as human shields in combat after a supreme court outlawed the practice, noting it violated International Law.

The reasons for Anonymous intervention through #OpIsrael should be abundantly clear: What is happening in Palestine is oppression. They have no navy, no army, or air force. There is no war in Gaza. There is only the continuous application of military force by Israel in an attempt to push every last person out of the Palestinian state, despite international laws that make these efforts illegal. This illegal expansion of territory by Israel in to the Palestinian state has been ongoing since1948, making refugees of over 700,000 Palestinians. Today, Palestinians are not permitted to live in Israeli settlements, drive on Israeli roads or even travel is the “security” areas surrounding them. These Israeli only housing developments are being built on stolen land, even while being called illegal settlements by the International Court of Justice.

The violence inflicted upon the civilian residents of Gaza is well documented, despite the fact that Israel has adamantly opposed intervention by human rights organizations and the IDF constantly blocks and harasses international journalists.

Despite these facts, Anonymous has not used any anti-Semitic language during our campaign. Nor have we vocalized any support for Palestinian military operations or resistance groups. Our goal was to protect the rights of Palestinian people who are threatened with silence as Israel has made attempts to shut down cell phone and internet service throughout Gaza. We know what happens to victims of oppression when the lights go dark.

It is also worthy to note, that as of yesterday, members of Anonymous participating in #OpIsrael were making attempts to augment our Gaza Care Package for civilians in Tel Aviv by translating the same documents in to Hebrew in the event that they lose access to internet service as well. We do not racially or geographically differentiate between victims of violence or oppression anywhere in the world.

Both Palestinians and Israelis need to find common ground and end the violence that has already resulted in the deaths of innocent people, including children. Israel's advancement on Palestinian Territories and the racist oppression of Palestinian people needs to end.

We are not terrorists. Governments that fund wars, practice deceit against their own citizens, condone corruption, and turn a blind eye to the deaths of innocent people are terrorists. The word terror does not belong to Israel or the United States. We will judge you by your actions.

Peace and Freedom to all,


Anonymous Gaza Care Package:
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Navajo Council Speaker defends Navajo water rights in Salazar meeting

Navajo Council Speaker upholds Navajo water rights, says 'No!' to deal for Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Coal, in US proposed water rights deal during Salazar meeting

Navajo Council Speaker Johnny Naize
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Also see: Ben Nuvamsa, Hopi, defends Hopi water rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Naa’bik’iyati’ Water Rights Task Force of the Navajo Nation Council, led by Speaker Johnny Naize (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tselani/ Cottonwood), met with U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Nov. 14 to present a position statement on the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement.

The Naa’bik’iyati’ Committee approved the “Position Statement of the Navajo Nation on Comprehensive Water Rights Settlements” (resolution NABIN-87-12) on Nov. 9.

The position statement stipulates critical positions for all parties of the settlement and Congress to consider—many of the positions resulted from the Nation’s citizens’ input when council considered the water rights settlement legislation last summer.

The need for the position statement arose during Secretary Salazar’s visit to the Navajo Nation on Sept. 18 when he invited Navajo leadership to Washington to discuss the water rights settlement in more depth.

In discussions occurring after his visit to the Navajo Nation, Secretary Salazar expressed to the Nation and the Hopi Tribe his interest in finding a mutually agreeable Navajo-Hopi water rights settlement that could potentially be acted on by Congress during the lame duck session.

Speaker Naize presented the position statement outlining the Nation’s interests and expectations of the Little Colorado River water rights settlement bill to Secretary Salazar.

“While we recognize the cards are stacked against us, in terms of time and certain political hurdles, we are pleased to be here today to give our position,” Speaker Naize said. “We, the Navajo people, hold close to our hearts our responsibilities to the land and water from which we sustain our way of life.”

We have a position statement that outlines the critical priorities of the Navajo Nation with respect to water rights, Speaker Naize stated.

As part of the Nation’s position, Speaker Naize asserted that any and all of the Nation’s water rights settlements should place no restrictions on taking tribally owned fee lands into trust; and the need to preserve and not waive claims for injury to water quality.

Speaker Naize also stated that the delivery of 6,411 AFY of Central Arizona Project water to eastern Arizona Navajo communities be without conditions; and to delete requirements for the extension of the Navajo Generating Station plant site lease and other related agreements and that the Navajo Nation lease additional coal to Peabody Western Coal Company.

The Navajo Generating Station is currently negotiating with the Navajo Nation for a possible site lease extension and renewal of rights-of-ways for the plant, railroad, and transmission and water lines. The existing agreements begin to expire in 2019.

“Clearly the provisions found in S.2109 speaking to any lease extension to the Navajo Generating Station and matters relating to Peabody are unrelated and unnecessary to the LCR Water Settlement,” Speaker Naize said.

The Naa’bik’iyati’ Water Rights Task Force communicated to Secretary Salazar that the current form and content of S.2109 is unequivocally unacceptable.

Without substantial changes to the bill, pursuant to the Nation’s position statement or the introduction of a new bill honoring the Nation’s priorities, the Nation will not yield from its opposition to S.2109 as stated in Navajo Nation Council Legislation No. 0149-12.

“I want to assure the Navajo people that any settlement passed by Congress resulting from this meeting and others going forward, must ultimately be approved by the Navajo Nation Council,” Speaker Naize stated.

We shall see what the Department of Interior presents to our neighbors, the Hopi Tribe, and our Navajo people as a result of this discussion. Until then, the Navajo Nation stands ready to accept or respectfully walk away.”

Speaker Naize also implored Secretary Salazar to exercise all his authority to uphold the trust responsibility of the United States government and the historical promises to advocate in the best interest of Diné people.

“Now more than ever, I hold the Department of Interior accountable for advocating in our best interest—particularly as it relates to our priority to remove all the provisions seeking to prevent the Navajo Nation from taking its fee lands into trust,” Speaker Naize said.

The Naa’bik’iyati’ Water Rights Task Force is comprised of Speaker Johnny Naize and Council Delegates Katherine Benally, Elmer Begay, Joshua Lavar Butler, LoRenzo Bates, Jonathan Nez, Walter Phelps, Alton Joe Shepherd, and Dwight Witherspoon.

The advisory group to the Naa’bik’iyati’ Water Rights Task Force, as stated in the enacting resolution of the task force, consists of Rita Gilmore, Nicole Horseherder, Ann Marie Chischilly, Byron Huskon, Jack Utter, and Thomas Walker.

Also present at the meeting with Secretary Salazar was Hopi Tribe Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa. The position statement presented by Speaker Naize is available on the homepage of Navajo Nation Council website.

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