URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION
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Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 13:41:06 -0800
From: Ed John <EdJohn@...>
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From: Les Malezer <les.malezer@...>
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Subject: URGENT ALERT - AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION RESOLUTION ON ADOPTION
OF THE DECLARATION
URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT
4.30 pm, Thursday, 9 November 2006
AFRICA PROPOSES NO ACTION ON ADOPTION OF THE DECLARATION
Today the African countries decided to adopt a procedural resolution to
take no action on the resolution in the Third Committee.
The resolution may be put to the Third Committee when Agenda Item 68 is
The African group have given no reason for this action, but it is known
that Botswana, Namibia and Nigeria are opposed to the Declaration and
want to make changes to the text.
There have been suggestions that Algeria and The Gambia also oppose the
While the 'no action' position does not clarify whether the text of the
Declaration is to be changed, it does not make sense for any other
reason. It is possible that the General Assembly will consider the
appointment of a working group of States to re-write the Declaration,
without Indigenous Peoples' involvement. No-one is saying this, but it
is hard to get honest and open responses in such a political environment.
The 'no action' resolution, because it is a procedural resolution will
be heard sometime before the scheduled consideration of the resolution
to adopt the Declaration and, if successful, will prevent the
consideration of the adoption of the Declaration.
If it is a 'no action' resolution all African countries, in accordance
with unity, will vote for the 'no action' resolution.
It is not known what other countries will support the African position
but most delegations believe this resolution will be backed by Canada,
Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and USA, the countries that tried to
railroad the Declaration in the Human Rights Council.
Of course, the known supporters continue to believe that the resolution
on the Declaration should proceed as planned. The Declaration continues
to be supported by the Latin American and Caribbean group, European
Union (and most Eastern European). The position of Asian States is
unknown, but we are checking again.
I will advise further on this situation tomorrow. This information can
be treated as public information. You might consider the most
appropriate ways to express support for the adoption of the Declaration
to the States.
Chairperson, Indigenous Peoples Caucus at UN
Cell: +1 (917) 774 7436
The Church Center
777 UN Plaza
IITC Office, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1 (212) 682 3633 ext. 3123
Fax: +1 (212) 682 5354
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