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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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  • Don Bain
    UNION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA INDIAN CHIEFS PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2006 Justice Delayed is Justice Denied Draft Declaration on the Rights of
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2006
      UNION OF BRITISH COLUMBIA INDIAN CHIEFS

      PRESS RELEASE
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      June 30, 2006

      Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
      Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

      (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver BC) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs
      applauds yesterday’s historic vote of the United Nations Human Rights
      Council on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
      The UBCIC, however, is bitterly disappointed at Canada's failure to
      support Indigenous Peoples at this critical vote.

      Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs,
      stated today “After years of negotiations and hard work put forward by
      the combined efforts of Indigenous and State leadership, we have a
      document that will go forward to the UN General Assembly full and final
      adoption.”

      The Human Rights Council passed the resolution of support for the Draft
      Declaration with 30 States voting in favour, Canada and Russia voting
      against, 12 abstained and 3 were absent. Reports state that there was a
      rousing standing ovation after the vote.

      Chief Phillip observed “Since the federal election, Canada’s consistent
      and evolving discriminatory actions towards Indigenous People at both
      the domestic and international levels are disgraceful. This attitude is
      reflected in the gross failure to support the Kelowna Accord and now
      evident in its conduct as a Council member of the Human Rights Council.
      As a Council member, Canada agreed and is required to ‘uphold the
      highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights’ but
      its actions against the approval of the Draft Declaration are totally
      contrary with this essential commitment.”

      Chief Phillip concluded “We are absolutely elated that the vast majority
      of the member States of the Human Rights Council endorsed the two
      decades of hard work. No State member should be politicizing its role as
      a Council member. By no means, should any State, including Canada, seek
      to institutionalize lower human rights standards for over 370 million
      Indigenous people worldwide.”

      – 30 –

      FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
      Chief Stewart Phillip
      President
      (604) 684-0231
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