|Asunto:||[LEA-Venezuela] Sign-on Letter re: Draft UN Declaration]] (fwd)|
|Fecha:||Viernes, 1 de Febrero, 2002 08:13:55 (-0700)|
|Autor:||karl h schwerin <schwerin @...edu>
Karl Schwerin SnailMail: Dept. of Anthropology
Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131
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Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 19:41:19 -0800
From: Janet Chernela <chernela@...>
Subject: Sign-on Letter re: Draft UN Declaration]]
> > Rainforest Foundation - christineh@...
> > Dear Friends,
> > Below please find an urgent sign-on letter regarding the Draft UN
> > Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. If you would like to sign
> > on, please send your name and affiliation the way you'd like it to appear on
> > the letter to Christine Halvorson at christineh@... by noon on
> > Tuesday, February 5th. Additionally, please circulate this email to all of
> > your colleagues, encouraging them to add their names, as well as to any
> > other organizations that have an interest in this area.
> > Because of the tight turn-around time of this letter, we will include a
> > disclaimer which states "organizations listed for affiliation purposes only"
> > which will allow people to avoid some bureaucracy if necessary. If your
> > organization should be listed for affiliation purposes only, please put a *
> > by your organization's name.
> > The idea to write this letter came out of meetings that were organized to
> > build NGO support for indigenous demands in the various instruments being
> > discussed on the international level, among them the UN Declaration. The
> > Draft Declaration is being discussed right now in Geneva during the ongoing
> > Intersessional Working Group Meeting on the Declaration. It is important
> > that the governmental delegations and chair of the Working Group receive the
> > letter, and that our colleagues working on the ground in Geneva are able to
> > use it to reinforce their positions. Therefore, the more support we have
> > for the letter, the more likely that our letter can make a difference.
> > The UN Draft Declaration sets out the rights of indigenous individuals and
> > of indigenous peoples, nations and tribes, including self-determination,
> > land rights and cultural rights. The attached factsheet describes some of
> > the main issues contained in the declaration (factsheet courtesy of the
> > Indian Law Alliance). If you have any questions, please feel free to
> > contact us, or visit the ILRC's website which has the Draft Declaration
> > posted (www.indianlaw.org).
> > The text of the letter follows this email. Once the name of the chair has
> > been made public, we will address it appropriately. Thanks for your help,
> > and we look forward to receiving your responses of support.
> > Kristen Hansen
> > Legal Intern
> > Rainforest Foundation - US
> > www.savetherest.org
> > Text of Sign-on Letter regarding Draft UN Declaration:
> > [LETTERHEAD]
> > February 5, 2002
> > [To the Chair of the U.N. Working Group]
> > U.N. Centre for Human Rights
> > Palais des Nations
> > CH 1211 Geneva
> > Switzerland (double check address for new chair)
> > [Name]:
> > We, the undersigned, are staff of non-governmental organizations who wish to
> > express our solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples caucus and who support
> > their demand for a strong Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous peoples.
> > We believe that the current draft is an important advance for Indigenous
> > peoples and we will work for its timely passage.
> > In particular, we urge continued inclusion in the document of the following
> > points that have been identified as key elements and crucial to a strong
> > Declaration. They are:
> > · Use of the word “peoples”. Use of "peoples" to identify indigenous
> > groups based primarily on their self-perception as distinct from other
> > groups, as well on other cultural, political, social, religious, and
> > historical tendencies. “Peoples” must be further understood to include the
> > attendant and essential right to self-determination. Furthermore, in 2001,
> > the Organization of American States Working Group on the proposed American
> > Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples agreed by consensus to use
> > the term “peoples” throughout that declaration, and we urge the United
> > Nations Working Group to do the same.
> > · The right of self-determination. Self-determination is an inherent
> > right as applied to all peoples under international law, and includes the
> > rights to autonomy and self-government. Failing to recognize this right
> > would continue the practice of discrimination against indigenous peoples and
> > fail to uphold their right, as stated in Article 3 of the UN Draft
> > Declaration, “to freely determine their political status and freely pursue
> > their economic, social and cultural development.” Attendant to this right
> > is the principle that indigenous peoples must give their free and informed
> > consent to any actions that will affect their lands, territories, resources
> > and cultures.
> > · Support for collective rights. Acknowledgement that indigenous
> > rights exist in the collective as well as for individuals is essential to
> > the continued survival of indigenous peoples as distinct peoples with unique
> > cultures, traditions and histories.
> > In addition, we recognize, and urge you to recognize, the importance of the
> > Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ recent decision in the case of the
> > Community of Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua, and in particular the enormous
> > advances in indigenous rights this decision articulates. This decision
> > states that the American Convention on Human Rights requires states to
> > recognize the customary land rights of indigenous peoples and supports the
> > principle articulated in the Draft Declaration that indigenous peoples’
> > collective rights to their collective lands are protected by international
> > law.
> > We have been following the process and development of the UN Declaration and
> > understand the tremendous effort necessary to finalize this document.
> > However, we urge an expeditious close to this process in order to coincide
> > with the end of the Decade of Indigenous Peoples, which is rapidly
> > approaching.
> > [Begin Signatures]
> > * Organizations listed for affiliation purposes only.
> > *******************************************************************
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> Janet Chernela
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