Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

July 27, 2023

U.N. Australian Aboriginals Battle Genocide, Inuit Fight for Fishing Rights, as Indigenous Lands Seized Worldwide

Inuit in Pangnirtung, Canada/Photo Doug Struck

Australian Aboriginals, Inuit, and Original Inhabitants of Nigeria and Bangladesh tell of Genocide, Fishing Rights Loss and Land Seizures

By Brenda Norrell, Censored News, July 27, 2023

GENEVA -- Australian Aboriginals told the United Nations that Australia continues its ongoing genocide. After 14 years, the Australian government has not implemented the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The United Nations was asked to investigate Australia and why the U.N. Declaration has been merely "aspirational" over the past 14 years.

Jayne Christian, Baramadagal of Dharug, told the U.N. Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that Australia continues its genocide as it fails to investigate deaths in custody and continues inaction on murdered and missing Indigenous women. Aboriginal children are seized from their homes. Aboriginal sacred places are being destroyed.

Alex Wymurra, First Nation Gudang-Yadhaykenu clan, said the bad media in Australia is promoting Australia's token legislation which fails to recognize Aboriginal sovereignty and is being carried out without free, prior, and informed consent. Wymurra said the government's 'Yes' campaign, claims it would give voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Parliament, but fails to recognize their sovereignty.

Rio Tinto blew up the Juukan Gorge cave, a 46,000-year-old sacred indigenous site in Australia, with dynamite while expanding its iron ore mine. Rio Tinto is now targeting the Apaches ceremonial place Oak Flat in Arizona with a disastrous copper mine. Photo Richard Wainwright/EPA

During the U.N. Expert Mechanism session, Inuit battling Canada for their fishing rights said Inuit must gain access to their offshore waters so they can continue their traditional sustainable lives of fishing, hunting, and gathering.

In Nigeria, the Aboriginal people's land is being seized, as is being done in Bangladesh, in the ongoing displacement of Indigenous Peoples worldwide.

In Their Own Words


Qikiqtani Inuit Association: Fishing, hunting and gathering rights

Statement to United Nations

QIA leadership has made it clear that for any partnership with Canada and philanthropic donors that advances conservation, Inuit must gain access to 90% of our adjacent fisheries resources in the offshore; and a set of fisheries regulations within the Nunavut Settlement Area. Both of which have not been fulfilled since the creation of the territory in 1993.

Qujannamiik Iksivautaq, thank you chair and expert panel members. Key to this panel is the facilitation and promotion of Inuit participation in hunting, fishing, and gathering

practices that sustain and strengthen Inuit culture, food security, improve nutrition, and support local economies. Qikiqtani Inuit in partnership with Canada and Enduring Earth are collaborating to achieve a Project Finance for Permanence Agreement that would result in formal protection of nearly 10% of Canadian waters. The Qikiqtani Inuit of the Canadian Arctic present implementing the principle of adjacency in relation to modern treaty implementation and the rights and commitments Canada has to Inuit under UNDRIP. Canada has defined Modern Treaties as a distinct expression of reconciliation.

As a part of economic reconciliation Canada needs to address historical injustices experienced by Inuit associated with federal polices and decision-making including inadequate Inuit access to adjacent fisheries and management of natural resources. To date, despite symbolic statements made by the Government of Canada, Nunavut still lacks a set of regulations to manage the harvesting of fish and marine mammals within Inuit homelands. For Inuit, a critical part of economic self-sufficiency is a fair allocation fish quota in Nunavut adjacent waters.

If it is to be successful, economic reconciliation will realign Inuit economies and puts the responsibility of sustainability and stewardship directly in the hands of our people for millennia. Qikiqtani Inuit present a path forward to achieve reconciliation that must see the elimination of socioeconomic disparities experienced by Inuit and achieve equity with other Canadians, specifically related to fisheries that is tied directly to addressing the historic marginalization of Inuit from fisheries and fisheries management which can be achieved through innovate approaches such as the Qikiqtani Project Finance for Permanence.

Nigeria: Cry from Abjua Original Inhabitants: A Call for Justice at the Heart of Power

“I bring to this forum the attention of an unfolding tragedy involving about two million Original Inhabitants of Abuja’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria,” he began, his voice steady but filled with urgency.

Dr. Zikirullahi’s words were a chilling indictment of the plight of the nine tribes and seventeen chiefdoms of Abuja’s FCT, who face landlessness, statelessness, and the threat of cultural extinction. He painted a picture of a people systematically denied their rights despite the Nigerian government’s ‘solemn commitments’ to protect them.

“Over the years, successive Nigerian governments have refused to adequately compensate or resettle the Abuja Original Inhabitants, whose lands were taken by Military Decree 6 of 1976. It is a blatant disrespect and violation of their rights,” Zikirullahi continued.
Representative of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) Augustina Chakma, while presenting her statement on 4th day of the 16th session of UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples held in Geneva of Switzerland, proposed 6 urgent actions to address the militarization and human rights violations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh, which continue to inflict immense suffering on indigenous peoples.

Bangladesh: Land being taken away

Hill Voice, 20 July 2023, International Desk: Manjuni Chakma, representative of Kapaeeng Foundation, a non-government organization of human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights in Bangladesh said on 4th day of the 16th session of UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples being held in Geneva of Switzerland that lands belonging to indigenous peoples are being taken away by state and non-state authorities in Chittagong Hill Tracts and plain lands. They are being evicted from their homestead and ancestral lands violating their traditional land rights without their free, prior and informed consent.

Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders Statement to UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Censored News original series 

Censored News Part I: U.N. Hears of Devastation for Indigenous Peoples, and Stories of Hope

Censored News Part II: Impact of Militarization on Indigenous Peoples: Murder with Impunity from Peru to the Tohono O'odham Nation

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