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UN Human RightsOHCHR – Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert

Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert

GENEVA (15 November 2016) – A United Nations human rights expert has accused US security forces of using excessive force against protesters trying to stop an oil pipeline project which runs through land sacred to indigenous people.

Law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force to deal with opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline, according to Maina Kiai, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

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UNESCOUNESCO policy on engaging with indigenous peoples

UNESCO is inviting interested organizations and individuals to provide comments to its current draft policy on ‘Engaging with Indigenous Peoples’, which has been under consultation for several years with the involvement of indigenous peoples, UNESCO staff and various experts. UNESCO’s intention is to present the draft policy at its 201st Executive Board session in April 2017. If you are interested in providing inputs, please request a copy of the draft policy writing to links(at) by 30th of November 2016.

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VickyOHCHR – Statement of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, at the 71st session of the General Assembly

New York, 17 October 2016

Madame Chair,
Distinguished delegates, indigenous peoples’ representatives
Ladies and gentlemen,

I have the honor to present today my third annual report to the General Assembly. I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to the numerous States, indigenous peoples, and others, and in particular to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, for the support they have provided as I have carried out my mandate.

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EU CommissionBrussels – European Commission – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy 

Joint Staff Working Document: Implementing the EU External Policy on Indigenous Peoples

In the last few decades, there has been considerable progress in the advancement and
recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights both at international level and at national level in
many regions. The development of the institutional and policy frameworks at the United
Nations (UN) level has been an important driver for this. In particular, the adoption of the
International Labour Organisation Convention no 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO
Convention 169) in 1989 and of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(UNDRIP) in 2007 was crucial. These positive developments were celebrated at the World
Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) in 2014.

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UNFPAUNFPA – Health, respect and opportunity: advancing the Rights of Indigenous Women in the Philippines

Gilian Albios, from the Dibabawon tribe, looks forward to a far safer birth experience this time around.

Montevista, Philippines – For too long, childbirth was a lottery of life and death for many indigenous women in the southern island of Mindanao. For a majority of the island’s 18 indigenous groups, pre-natal checks involved rituals of smoke, fire and prayer to ward off evil spirits, and with most babies being born at home without trained midwives on hand, mothers would hope and pray for no complications.

“Giving birth was scary,” recounts Gillian Albios, 25, from the Dibabawon indigenous group in the mountain village of Camansi, who is now five months pregnant with her second child.

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