INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RIGHTS ‘BLATANTLY VIOLATED’ WORLDWIDE SAYS UN EXPERT

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, says indigenous peoples' rights are "still blatantly violated not only by states but increasingly by private actors like corporations" in a statement to mark the UN’s International Day of Indigenous Peoples yesterday, 9 August. She says that indigenous “assertion” and “resistance” is strengthening, but lists extractive industries, land-grabbing, “increasing foreign investments” and "state-to-state bilateral investment treaties", arbitrary arrests, accusations of terrorism, torture, extrajudicial killings and violence against women as ongoing problems. Tauli-Corpuz makes a series of recommendations to governments, the UN and corporations - including a “human-rights based approach to development” and that corporations should adhere to “their own guidelines on free, prior and informed consent.” (10-08-2015)

David Hill