Implementing indigenous human rights: Negotiating a more democratic future
There are several aspects of the UN human rights agenda that contribute to the invisibility of indigenous rights enshrined in the 2007 UN Declaration. First and foremost of the obstacles to implementing the rights of indigenous peoples has been the refusal of the UN to recognize indigenous nations as political entities worthy of participation in UN decision-making. If the governing authorities of indigenous nations remain excluded from UN diplomatic processes, indigenous peoples will remain marginalized from discussions on world issues. As noted at IC recently, this exclusionary obstacle at the UN has been challenged by 72 American Indian tribes, its removal deemed essential to resolving grievances and eliminating violence against indigenous nations.
As I observed in Making it Happen, democratizing the international community cannot be limited to the international institutions created by modern states. As indigenous nations assert their human rights of self-determination and self-governance, new institutions are required. Something my colleague Rudolph C. Ryser addresses in his 2012 book, Indigenous Nations and Modern States.
As I wrote in Obstacles to Peace, the UN was formed by (and functions to serve the interests of) modern states, not indigenous nations. Looking at Israel — a state created by the UN — and its ongoing human rights abuses toward the indigenous peoples of Palestine, we can see how the UN has actually been an obstacle to peaceful political development. By acceding to American demands for crippling economic sanctions against Palestine, the UN has undermined their ability to manage their own affairs, in turn creating the desperation and humanitarian crisis to which cynical NGOs often cater. In another example, the UN — at U.S. urging — approved the Indonesian annexation of West Papua over the protest of Papuan indigenous peoples, leading to the current human rights abuses there. As Dr. Ryser remarked, by reinforcing the illusion that the UN can or will relieve the pain from the violence of colonialism, “The UN Human Rights Council stands as one of the significant obstacles to dynamic political development in the Fourth World.”
Given the U.S. influence as a permanent UN Security Council member, and as one of four UN member states to oppose the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it is fanciful to think the UN will ever be able to deliver on full human rights implementation for indigenous nations. That can only happen in a neutral setting, where the diplomatic missions of indigenous nations and modern states come together on an equal footing to resolve grievances and to negotiate a more democratic, inclusive future.
As I noted in Public Relations Puppets, since the UN General Assembly declaration in 2007, the UN bureaucracy — in order to provide cover for the REDD Ponzi scheme of carbon-market trading by transnational corporations and investment banks — has actively excluded indigenous nations delegates from participating in climate change talks. In Poznan, Copenhagen and Cancun, the UN repeatedly found new ways to silence indigenous peoples. As I wrote, dispelling the notion of the UN as an honest broker is critical to understanding the need for new institutions that aren’t controlled by states and markets. As Dr. Ryser stated, “The UN promises to permanently lock these nations into a cage of political subjugation.”
About Rotinonshonni ónhwe - TkanatáhereWe belong to families organized pursuant to ancient ways. Ka-nyen-geh-ha-kah (Mohawks) of Grand River support site. "Very simply, frauds and deceit have usurped this war reparation and robbed our people of what is rightfully ours, leaving us with only a Land Claim. Broken deals, fraud, embezzlement and genocide – and worse – all perpetrated at the unclean hands of too many to count at this time. We are (Mohawks) Ka-nyen-geh-ha-kah of Grand River, founders of the Five Nation League and what some call the "Great Peace".
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- Ka-nyen-geh-ha-kah (Mohawk) Workers Seek Redress at UN for Years of Oppression Including Apartheid / Genocide & Restoration of a Homeland #INM
- Tutela Heights – Pre-Contact Native & Euro-Canadian Heritage Site Within Kanienkahagen Mohawk (Grand River) Territory
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An “Act of Genocide” Indian Residential Schools in Canada & Crimes Against Humanity Concealed – Revealed
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair was appointed the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in June, 2008. Justice Sinclair pointed out that the United Nations’ definition of genocide includes forcibly transferring children of a group to another group based on race.
He argued that in the past, Canada was careful to exclude its residential school policies from being scrutinized under this definition.
“But the reality is that to take children away from their families and place them in another group in society for the purpose of racial indoctrination was and is an act of genocide, and it occurs all around the world.” – Justice Sinclair
“Systemic Racism: Serious Crisis” – Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci
‘Systemic racism’ toward Onkwehon:we (indigenous) people in justice system is outlined in a stinging 2013 report by Former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci.
“I have called it a crisis, a serious crisis. And I am not an alarmist. We are talking about the lives and liberties of people. I don’t know if you can get more of an important issue subject than that.
... If we don’t take hold of this seriously, we are going to, I think be perpetrators, unwittingly, of personal tragedies here.
... We can’t continue to treat First Nations as objects. We have to be partners. I don’t care if it is in the justice system or economic development. " - Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci
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- Philippines: Philex Mine Resumption A Precedent For More Environmental Crimes
- United States: Agenda Item 5 - Study On Access To Justice In The Promotion And Protection Of The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples - UN EMRIP 6th Session
- Alberta: First Nation Responds To Results Of Oily Sheen On Athabasca River Is Likely A By-Product Of A Blue-Green Algae
- Canada: First Nations University Of Canada - Faculty Of Science - Indigenous Perspective
- Philippines: Ifugao Tribe Member Elected As Indigenous Peoples Representative To The Sangguniang Bayan
- Switzerland: Call For Applications - Indigenous Fellowship - International Disability Alliance 2013
- Greenland And Denmark: Agenda Item 3 - World Conference On Indigenous Peoples - UN EMRIP 6th Session
- Sonora: Communiqué From The CCRI-CG Of The EZLN And The National Indigenous Congress In Solidarity With The Yaqui Tribe
- Australia: Agenda Item 3 - World Conference On Indigenous Peoples - UN EMRIP 6th Session
- Burma: Upper Burma Court Sentences Three Human Rights Defenders To Long-Term Imprisonment; Guards Intimidate Lawyer
- Quebec: Canadian Aboriginal Group Will Not Back Down In Fight Against Rio Tinto's IOC - Buyer Beware - Warning To Potential Purchasers Of Rio Tinto's IOC
- Mongolia: Mongolian Herders Submit Complaint To European Public Bank
- Bangladesh: Agenda Item 5 - Study On The Access To Justice In The Promotion And Protection Of The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples - UN EMRIP 6th Session
- Ecuador: A Future For Amazonia - Randy Borman And Cofán Environmental Politics
- Belize: Maya People Return To Supreme Court For Protection
- Philippines: Groups Condemn Ambush Of B’laan Leader And Member In Minerals-Rich Davao Del Sur
- Sweden: Saami Communities Attend Beowulf’s AGM In London
- Australia: Still Supporting Yolngu In Their Fight For Rights
- Newfoundland: Canada And The Federation Of Newfoundland Indians Reach Agreement On Resolution Of Issues Related To Enrolment In The Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation
- Argentina: Native People’s Land Demands Gain Visibility In Argentina
- British Columbia: Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations Applaud B.C. Appeal Court Decision
- United States: Department Of Justice Releases Report To Congress On Indian Country Investigations And Prosecutions
- Western Australia: Native Title Agreement Reached In The Kimberley - Gooniyandi People Traditional Land Recognized In Fitzroy Valley
- International: Pel' Son' Mehl Ney-Puy - Big Doings With The Salmon - Indigenous Peoples' International Gathering To Honor, Protect And Defend The Salmon Outcome Document
- San Luis Potosi: The Wixárika Regional Council In Defense Of Wirikuta Presents An Injunction Demanding That The Ministry Of Economy Respect The Right Of Petition, Due Process And The Rule Of Law
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- Libya: Creating Their Own Spring
- United States: Government Council Raises Hopes For Improved U.S.-Tribal Relations
- June 25 - 30, 2013: Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues - Indonesia, Canada, United States, Mexico, Nepal
- Chiapas: Judge Frees Indigenous Activist In Chiapas
- Karnataka: Forfeiting Our Commons - A Case For Protecting And Conserving Challakere’s Amrit Mahal Kavals As Livelihoods-Supporting, Biodiversity-Rich And Ecologically-Sensitive Grassland Ecosystems
- British Columbia: Tsleil-Waututh Nation Dismayed By Latest Kinder Morgan Spill, Harper Government Announcement
- Indonesia: Indonesian President Makes Commitment To Recognize Indigenous Peoples' Collective Rights To Their Territories
- Mexico: Locals Risk Their Lives Fighting Mining In Mexico
- Brazil: Resurgence Of Indigenous Identity In The Crossfire In Brazil
- United Kingdom: Forest Peoples Programme - Assistant - Responsible Finance Programme
- Oaxaca: Rural Mexican Communities Protest Wind Farms
- Canada: Poverty Or Prosperity - Indigenous Children In Canada Report
- Montana: Montana’s Highest Court Clears Way For Return Of Wild Bison Bison Transfer To Fort Belknap Tribes To Proceed
- Mato Grosso do Sul: EI Calls For Investigation Into Assassination Of Indigenous Land Protestor
- British Columbia: The Stó:lō People Reject Canada And BC Decision To Give Exclusive Title Of 5 Mile Fishery To Yale First Nation
- International: Millennium Development Goals Fund Boosts Food Security
- Northern Territory: Sixth Anniversary Of The Northern Territory Intervention - Striking The Wrong Note
- Panama: UN Representative On Indigenous Peoples Asked To Investigate Human Rights Violations Caused By Panama’s Barro Blanco Dam
- Botswana: Court Reprieve For Bushmen Threatened With Eviction
- Hawaii: It Is Long Past Time For The Native Hawaiian People To Regain Their Right To Self-Governance
- Botswana: Statement On Recent Events In The Settlement Of San Of Ranyane
- Bangladesh: Present State Of Amendment Of CHT Land Disputes Resolution Commission Act 2001
Haldimand Territory Calls for Unity by Elders
April 11, 2013: U.N. Ambassador in Geneva Admits 3 Human Rights Rapporteurs’ Visits to Canada Were Finally Approved
During Canada’s appearance in Geneva before the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Elissa Golberg, was asked by delegates from Chile why UN Special Rapporteurs had not been granted access to investigate, monitor and assess Canada as their mandates require.
The council was told that the three requests to visit Canada as part of the UN’s monitoring and assessment of international human rights had recently been approved. Finally, Special Rapporteurs who are independent experts appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country’ situation or a specific human rights theme.
May 16 Press Release
Former Canadian Military Officer: Onkwehon:we “Insurgency”
Haldimand Pledge April 7, 1779:
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Our Struggle – The Double-standard – Apartheid in Canada
Historical Agenda of Ethnic Cleansing in Canada
House of Commons May 11th, 1914
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