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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cultural Survival Quarterly 'Free, Prior and Informed Consent'

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: Protecting Indigenous Peoples' rights to self-determination, participation and decision-making
By Agnes Portalewska
Navajos protest relocation at Big Mountain
Cultural Survival Quarterly
Under current international law, governments are obligated to consult Indigenous communities before any development affecting their lands and resources takes place, and even more broadly, any decisions directly affecting Indigenous Peoples and their self-determination require their consultation and consent. The final study on Indigenous Peoples and the right to participate in decision-making by the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples advises on the proper implementation FPIC: “The element of ‘free’ implies no coercion, intimidation or manipulation; ‘prior’ implies that consent is obtained in advance
of the activity associated with the decision being made, and includes the time necessary to allow Indigenous Peoples to undertake their own decision-making processes; ‘informed’ implies that Indigenous Peoples have been provided all information relating to the activity and that that information is objective, accurate and presented in a manner and form understandable to Indigenous Peoples; ‘consent’ implies that Indigenous Peoples have agreed to the activity that is the
subject of the relevant decision, which may also be subject to conditions.”

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Codepink Emergency Delegation Enters Gaza

CODEPINK Emergency Delegation Enters Gaza
Censored News
Nov. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The first four members of the Emergency International Delegation to Gaza entered the Gaza Strip on Monday, November 26th. Three more members of the delegation entered early this morning and nine are currently at the border attempting to cross. In addition, six others will attempt to enter tomorrow on Wednesday, November 28th.  Read more

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.
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Solidarity with Unist'ot'en Pipeline Protest Photos Nov. 27, 2012

Solidarity with Unist'ot'en
Solidarity from the Tarsands Blockade

Shkimaadziig showing their support with the Unist'ot'en!!

Regina Shelborne RBC
Vancouver deliver message to Pacific Trails,
parent company of PTP

Kitchener Waterloo

Terrace BC shows their support with a BUS!
a BUS!! parked in front of the RBC building! Thanks Gitxsan Unity Movement!!
The Prince George crew showing solidarity
in front of the new Enbridge Northern Gateway office
Warrior family in solidarity
Allies in Ft Saint Johns Newfoundland take a stand to support
the Unist'ot'en today as well!

Prince George Antes up at the RBC building and at CSTC!!
Supporters and Allies in Chico California protested at their
Kinder Morgan plant in solidarity with the Unist'ot'en Camp.
From today's Unist'ot'en Camp solidarity action in front of
Apache Headquarters in Houston, TX!
Council of Canadians in solidarity!

By Unis'tot'en Camp

French translation
Actions are taking place across Canada and internationally on Tuesday November 27 in support of the Unis’tot’en, who grabbed national headlines when they evicted shale gas pipeline surveyors from their territories in the interior of BC last week. The Unis’tot’en have made it clear that no proposed pipelines will proceed in Unist’ot’en territories and that corporations, investors, and governments have no jurisdiction to approve development on their lands.
Media Contacts:
Spokesperson for the Unist’ot’en Clan Freda Huson: 18683094388
Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Toghestiy:
Harjap Grewal: Council of Canadians: 604-340-2455
For a full list of actions and more information:


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