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UN Instructs Chile to Return Indigenous Lands, Improve Consultation, and Redefine Anti-Terrorism Law

The United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) completed its 83rd session on August 30th in Geneva. During the session, CERD discussed Chile’s treatment of Indigenous peoples and offered some recommendations for the future. Specifically, CERD asked Chile: to speed up the process of returning lands to Indigenous peoples throughout the country; to improve Indigenous consultation, particularly with respect to natural resource development; and to “precisely define” crimes that fall under the Anti-Terrorism Law while ensuring the law is not used inappropriately against the Mapuche people. Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Asks Argentina to Stop Evicting Indigenous Peoples

On Tuesday, September 18th, James Anaya, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples delivered his annual statement to the Human Rights Council. During his statement, Anaya spoke specifically about indigenous peoples in Argentina and asked the government to stop evicting them from their lands. Anaya’s statements were based on an official visit he took to Argentina on November 27 – December 7, 2011. Continue reading

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Indigenous Poverty Rate Nearly Double That of Non-Indigenous People in Chile

According to data released this month by the United Nations’ Development Program, equality is lacking between indigenous and non-indigenous populations when it comes to poverty, employment opportunities and education. The information comes from a new U.N. report entitled, “State Measurement of Development Objectives in Indigenous Populations in Chile” and highlights areas of inequality. Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Visits Argentina, Offers Recommendations

The United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, recently ended an eleven-day trip to Argentina where he met with government officials and indigenous peoples throughout the country. At the conclusion of his visit, on Wednesday, December 7th, Anaya gave a short speech in Buenos Aires where he summarized some of what he saw and offered the Argentinian government some recommendations on how to advance indigenous rights within the country. A translation of that speech appears below. Continue reading

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UN High Commissioner Discusses Indigenous Issues in Chile

This week Chile finds itself hosting Kang Kyung-wha, the United Nation’s Deputy High Commission on Human Rights. Kang is largely in the country due to the ongoing protests and movements related to education within Chile, but is also taking some of her time to discuss Indigenous rights. During her time in the country, Kang spoke about Indigenous rights with the President of Chile’s Supreme Court, the Mapuche Federation of Students (FEMAE in Spanish), and the Mapuche Territorial Alliance among others. Continue reading

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Survival International: Uncontacted Ayoreo People Threatened Because Paraguayan Government “Held to Ransom”

On August 23rd, Survival International’s director, Stephen Corry, went on record to condemn the fact that Paraguay’s last uncontacted Indigenous group – the Totobiegosode people (a sub-group of the Ayoreo people) — are at risk because corporate cattle ranchers are disregarding orders to stop deforestation. Specifically, two beef companies, BBC S.A and River Plate S.A, have been caught illegally clearing land twice this year alone. Despite fines levied against them in June, and orders to halt clearing any land, Survival International reports that the companies have started illegal deforestation yet again. Many Ayoreo people are at risk of losing their land and homes, but of particular concern are the Totobiegosode people who want no contact from the outside world — a wish their other Ayoreo relatives are trying to protect. Continue reading

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UN High Commissioner Denies Involvement in Ending the Mapuche Hunger Strike

Late on Thursday, June 9th, the Mapuche prisoners who had been on hunger strike for 87 days ended their strike and simultaneously announced the creation of the Commission on the Rights of the Mapuche People. Several non-Mapuche reportedly signed the document that discussed the creation of that Commission, including the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights — Amerigo Incalcaterra. On Friday, June 10th, Amerigo Incalcaterra released a statement clarifying that he did not participate in ending the hunger strike nor did he sign the public statements released by the hunger strikers on June 9th. Continue reading

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