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STATES BETRAY THE WORLDS 400 MILLION INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

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  • Ishgooda, Senior Staff
    from Elsbeth Vocat..thanks! Press Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Delegation to the UN WSIS Geneva 11 December 2003 STATES BETRAY THE WORLDS 400 MILLION
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      from Elsbeth Vocat..thanks!

      Press Statement of the Indigenous Peoples
      Delegation to the UN WSIS

      Geneva 11 December 2003

      STATES BETRAY THE WORLDS 400 MILLION INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

      Indigenous delegations from the four corners of the world arrived in
      Geneva to learn that States have once again betrayed their agreements
      to address the central concerns of Indigenous Peoples.

      Language in earlier drafts contained specific references to the right
      of Indigenous Peoples to fundamental freedoms and human rights
      protections had been deleted from the documents. In addition,
      references providing that Indigenous Peoples have the right to
      protection of their collective intellectual property and traditional
      knowledge had also disappeared from the current WSIS Plan of Action.

      States have also deleted the term "Indigenous Peoples" from section C8
      of the Plan of Action covering cultural diversity, identity,
      linguistic diversity and local content. The current language in the
      WSIS Plan of Action allows the wholesale theft, commodification and
      commercialisation of indigenous knowledge and genetic and biological
      diversity without the free, prior and informed consent of the
      Indigenous Peoples who are the guardians of these cultural resources
      and the owners of traditional knowledge. The language in the WSIS Plan
      of Action will facilitate biopiracy and further marginalize the
      millions of Indigenous Peoples who live in extreme poverty without
      electricity or any infrastructure for ICT.

      We urge all States, human rights groups and civil society NGOs to help
      lobby for changes to the Plan of Action to reinsert the protective
      language that has been deleted.

      ENDS
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