I. Sources, CAUSES Forms and Contemporary Manifestations of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance
II. VICTIMS of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related
III. Measures of PREVENTION, Education and Protections Aimed at the Eradication of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance at the National, Regional and International Levels.
IV. Provision of Effective REMEDIES, Recourse, Redress, Compensatory and Other Measures at the National, Regional and International Levels
V. STRATEGIES to Achieve Full and Effective Equality, including International Co-Operation and Enhancement of the United Nations And Other International Mechanisms in Combating Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and Follow-Up
TELL YOUR STORY
JOIN THE GLOBAL DIALOGUE
Send EMail To:
Subject Line: Self Definition
Your comments will be posted.
JOIN THE GLOBAL DIALOGUE
Send EMail To:
Subject Line: Self Determination
Your comments will be posted.
UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Responding to a question on the issue of Indigenous Peoples, Mrs. Robinson said that the agreement to add the letter "s" in referring to them had huge symbolic significance. It meant they were not being treated as Indigenous People -- several hundred million worldwide -- as individuals. It also recognized that as they are different tribes or different groups, they have collective rights they wish to assert and collective traditional issues they wish to raise in a group way.
She said that was very important to them, especially in view of the new Forum on Indigenous Issues that would have its first meeting in New York next May. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was the lead agency in the wider United Nations approach to that Permanent Forum.
OHCHR ROUND - TABLE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ISSUES
- Opening Statement by Mary Robinson
- High Commissioner for Human Rights and Secretary General for the WCAR
5, 2001 Durban, South Africa
I understand the concerns of Indigenous Peoples in relation to the draft declaration and programme of action, in particular the three paragraphs 26, 27 and 51 of the current draft which, in the view of Indigenous Peoples, restrict their rights. I know that a number of governments delegations are working hard to respond to these concerns, and I strongly encourage states and indigenous representatives to continue these discussions with the aim of reaching a solution that is mutually acceptable.
However, even if agreement on the most difficult issues cannot be reached amongst states, or between government and Indigenous representatives, I hope that Indigenous Peoples will not walk away from this document. Your views on these difficult paragraphs have been heard. At the same time, a number of other paragraphs represent real advances for Indigenous Peoples. There are some strong statements in the draft declaration. Please look at paragraphs 47 and 49, for example. In the programme of action, the need for greatly increasing resources for Indigenous Peoples is stressed.
- UN WCAR PRESS BRIEFING
- September 5, 2001
Report by Susan Markham, Spokesperson for the WCAR, with regards to Indigenous Peoples and the Round Table on Racism and Indigenous Peoples:
Turning to special events, Ms. Markham said that High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson spoke this morning at a round table on racism and indigenous peoples. She said she was aware of the deep concern over the controversy and contradictions about paragraphs 26 and 27 of the draft declaration. Mrs. Robinson assured everybody that governments were working hard to address the issue.
Ms. Markham quoted the High Commissioner as stressing that government delegates were pressured with many demands, but they were indeed working on the issue of indigenous peoples. The overriding issue was that the Durban Conference should be a positive experience for all indigenous peoples and that they should leave Durban with a reaffirmation of their individual and collective rights.
Mrs. Robinson, who is Secretary-General to the World Conference, also said that the government representatives had heard the voices of the indigenous peoples and that she, in her personal capacity, would try to influence them as much as possible behind the scenes on the issue of that contradiction.
Ms. Markham noted that the audience appeared to be very grateful to the High Commissioner for all her efforts on their behalf. She received high applause and was very highly praised by Erica Daes, Chairperson of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations.
However, the Spokeswoman said, Ms. Daes was critical of "the intolerable and unacceptable" delays that have sometimes failed to change the state of indigenous peoples.
- PRESS RELEASE - UN WCAR
- Durban, South Africa RD/D/43
- September 6, 2001
- Plenary PM Meeting
CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM CONTINUES TO HEAR CONCERNS OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
This afternoon, the Conference heard from 32 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during the general debate of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, who covered a number of national concerns as well as problems in more general areas such as health care and social work. As the Conference moved closer to the adoption of its Declaration and Programme of Action, the NGO Forum caucuses detailed their wishes and objections.
While different perceptions of past and present wrongs made it difficult to find a common language, the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations stated, for NGOs the important thing was that their pleas were being heard and that they were all committed in different ways to form a global alliance against racism. However difficult the negotiations might be, the Conference of Non-Governmental l Organizations still believed the Conference would be a milestone in a process leading to a new era in which racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance would be be tossed "into the dustbin of history".
- NGOs representing indigenous peoples all asked for deletion of paragraph 27 of the Conference's draft Declaration, and many strongly objected to paragraph 26 of that draft, arguing that it would render indigenous peoples' rights subject to the territorial integrity of States, and would put limitations on indigenous peoples' right of self-determination.
- PLENARY SPEAKERS AT THE UN WCAR AGAINST RACISM:
REPRESENTATIVES OF INDIGENOUS ORGANISATIONS
Visit these pages frequently to read excerpts and full texts of official
presentations by representatives from Indigenous organisations:
METIS NATIONAL COUNCIL
MÉTIS NATION OF CANADA MAKES PRESENTATION TO UN TODAY AT THE WORLD CONFERENCE AGAINST RACISM
Ottawa (September 6, 2001) --- The Métis Nation of Canada made its presentation today to the UN at the World Conference Against Racism being held in Durban, South Africa.
In his presentation, TONY BELCOURT, the representative for the Métis Nation in Canada condemned Canada’s treatment of the Métis in Canada. He stated, "In 1982 we secured the ‘Constitutional’ recognition of our people and our rights. But today Canada still refuses to recognize our people and our rights…contrary to the Constitution and the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. A report which the United Nations itself has urged Canada to adopt."
FULL TEXT OF SPEECH
INDIGENOUS MEDIA DIALOGUE, 2001
With the approval of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the relevant advisory group, an Indigenous Media Dialogue is being organized as part of the parallel events at the World Conference Against Racism. 10 Indigenous journalists from various regions of the world are facilitating this event. The selected journalists are: Lorna Seneiya Kamotho (Kenya); Kenneth Deer (Canada); Mauricio B. Malanes (Philippines); Ajitman Tamang (Nepal); Arak Yahia (Algeria); Esperanza Sanchez Espitia (Columbia); Atencio Lopez (Panama); Flavie Dalap (Kanak Islands, South Pacific); Julie Nimmo (Australia); and Anotoli Gogolev (Russian Federation).
- Welcome to
Dialogue Between Nations.