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Statement of Special Rapporteur to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Statement by Professor James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Eleventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

May 2012

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While many Governments have demonstrated an awareness of the need to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, the responses to the questionnaire also reflected a lack of consensus about the extent of a State’s duties concerning resource extraction and the means of ensuring protection of indigenous rights. Concern was also expressed that States’ regulatory frameworks regarding indigenous rights, including in relation to the protection of lands and resources, consultation and benefit-sharing, are insufficient or do not exist.

My examination of the issue confirms that there is need for change in the current state of affairs if indigenous rights standards are to have a meaningful effect on State and corporate policies and action as they relate to indigenous peoples in the context of extractive industries. An initial step towards such change would be greater common understanding among indigenous peoples, governmental actors, businesses enterprises, and others about the content of indigenous peoples rights and the means of their implementation. Without such understanding, the application of indigenous rights standards will continue to be contested or ignored, and indigenous peoples will continue to be vulnerable to serious abuses of their individual and collective human rights.

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Full statement here:

http://unsr.jamesanaya.org/statements/statement-of-special-rapporteur-to-un-permanent-forum-on-indigenous-issues-2012

 

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