Direct Action

Report on Recognition, Reparations and Reconciliation: Call for submissions

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will prepare a report on Recognition, reparations and reconciliation under its mandate in resolution 33/25 (2b). The Expert Mechanism will present a draft of this report for discussion at its next session from 15-19 July 2019. A final version will be presented to the Human Rights Council at its forty-second session (September 2019).

The Expert Mechanism hereby requests contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to this report. Submissions should be sent to the expertmechanism@ohchr.org, no later than 28 February 2019, in English, French or Spanish.

Submissions should focus on the themes contained in the concept note in English | Spanish.

All submissions will be placed on the OHCHR website unless indicated otherwise.

General call for contributions on the consequences of exposure of indigenous people to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances

The Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 36/15 will dedicate his upcoming report to the UN General Assembly in 2019 to examining the consequences of exposure of indigenous people all around the world to toxic and otherwise hazardous substances.

The report will be preceded by a study on the same subject, which he intends to present to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in April 2019. At its 16th session, the Forum invited the Special rapporteur to carry out a review within his mandated area of expertise and to present conclusions to the Forum.

Responses to the questionnaire can be sent no later than 15 February 2019 to srtoxicwaste@ohchr.org (preferred option) or addressed to:

  1. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 
    Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division 
    Palais des Nations 
    CH-1211 Geneva 10 
    Attn.: Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics 
    Fax: +41 22 917 9006

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Call for Applications: Senior Indigenous Fellow

Please share this very important Call for Applications to your organisations and networks, the newly launched Senior Indigenous Fellow position based in the Indigenous Peoples and Minority Section of OHCHR.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the coordinator of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, the Senior Fellow will contribute to the activities of the Section by providing substantive, administrative and technical support to the mandate and activities of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples; organises human rights trainings and capacity building activities for the grantees of the Fund; supports the development of comprehensive and inter-active capacity building tools, fundraising activities; and develops outreach and dissemination strategy to improve the Fund’s support to its grantees.

 Deadline of application: Friday, 8 February 2019.
Click here for Application


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Urgent: Ramapough Court Support

This is a VERY important court hearing so please encourage your networks to come out and defend the Ramapough Lenape Nation in their continuing trial with the Polo Club. Court room 312. ***Please check this page for any updates and sign up for last minute text alerts by texting "95halifax" to 84483.

Arrive early and please wear RED (important)!

This will be an important court date related to the Ramapough's ongoing struggle against over $1million in fines for their prayer circle, altar and basic right to pray on their own land.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/366338347245091/

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San Francisco celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day as a formal holiday for the first time

As the stigma around Columbus Day has changed over the course of some years, people have been quick to highlight the atrocious acts of Christopher Columbus, which includes rape, genocide and torture, leading many to protest the holiday under his name.

“Christopher Columbus was a rapist and a murderer. I feel like in America, they teach you when you were young, ‘he discovered America, this is important history,’ but in reality, it’s all lies,” said Amalia Lamar, an undeclared major at SF State.

Oct. 8, 2018, marked the first formal Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of San Francisco. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors discontinued the Columbus Day holiday on Jan. 23 of this year in a 10-1 vote favoring the removal of Columbus Day and changing it to Indigenous Peoples Day.

See full story: https://goldengatexpress.org/2018/10/10/san-francisco-celebrates-indigenous-peoples-day-as-a-formal-holiday-for-the-first-time/

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