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  • Karaka
    ... From: Sina Brown-Davis and what about the four white supremacist settlers states of NZ, US, Kanada & Australia, they are intent of
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      Fwd: [pacific] Anniversary Statement on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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      From: Sina Brown-Davis <uriohau@...>


      and what about the four white supremacist settlers states of NZ, US, Kanada
      & Australia, they are intent of stripping us of all our rights and then
      labeling Indigenous peoples "terrorists" when they dare to defend what is
      theirs as of ancestral right. Cheek from four settler states founded and
      perpetuated by state Sponsored terrorism.

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      From: Les Malezer <les.malezer@...>
      Date: 12 September 2008 9:58:30 AM
      To: pacific@...
      Subject: [pacific] Anniversary Statement on the Declaration on the Rights of
      Indigenous Peoples

      Please distribute widely through your networks



      By Les Malezer
      Former Chairperson of the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus on the
      Issued for 13 September 2008


      We celebrate on 13 September 2008 the first anniversary of the adoption by
      the United Nations of the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

      The adoption of the Declaration by the United Nations, with an overwhelming
      vote of support from the member States, represents a significant milestone
      in the promotion and protection of universal human rights.

      The adoption of this Declaration occurred at a critical time in the new
      Millennium when the role and effectiveness of the United Nations was under
      intense scrutiny.

      For those of us who worked in the final negotiations for the adoption of the
      Declaration we were becoming acutely aware that the era of developing new
      standards was drawing to a close.

      The last two years of negotiations were uncertain and stressful for all
      parties, but the outcome was worth the effort.

      The final adoption of the Declaration was an outstanding success, and the
      collection of votes in the General Assembly was a clear signal to

      The signal was that more than two decades of intense international
      examination of Indigenous issues had come to an important and meaningful

      That is, it is time for governments to respond, to show action at the
      national level, to form effective partnerships with the Indigenous Peoples
      for good government and achievement of true equality.

      It is pleasing to report that during the past year there has been rapid
      growth in the awareness of the Declaration and the expectation that change
      must occur.

      Indigenous Peoples everywhere are citing the Declaration as a standard to be

      The rights contained in the Declaration are being used by Indigenous Peoples
      as benchmarks for outcomes.

      Many governments are also responding in a positive way.

      In Latin America in particular we can see governments are taking steps to
      incorporate the standards into laws and are distributing copies of the
      Declaration to the Indigenous communities.

      It is more likely than not, that discussions between Indigenous Peoples and
      governments anywhere around the world are founded upon the Declaration.

      National courts are making interpretations on Indigenous Peoples issues,
      guided by the Declaration.

      The implementation of the Declaration must continue to roll out, and
      governments must be alongside Indigenous Peoples in that process.

      It is important to remind ourselves the Declaration is not just a
      compilation of articles to be selected and considered as separate items in

      The Declaration is first and foremost a comprehensive statement requiring a
      genuine partnership between governments and Indigenous Peoples to foster the
      exercise of self-determination.

      Only in this context of partnership will real gains be made and historical
      problems solved.

      It is important to realise that the implementation of the Declaration does
      not require any new international human rights treaties.

      The rights contained in the Declaration are already found in the Universal
      Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), an instrument that is now celebrating
      its 60th year in international operations.

      At the time of adoption in 1948, there was controversy and uncertainty about
      the human rights regime and the authority of the UDHR, but now we see there
      is no longer any controversy or doubt about the UDHR and its strong
      foundation for the subsequent human rights conventions or treaties.

      The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples elaborates rights that
      are enshrined in the International Convention on the Elimination of All
      Forms of Racial Discrimination.

      This international treaty already addresses self-determination and free,
      prior and informed consent, under provisions of non-discrimination.

      The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples elaborates rights that
      are already recognised in the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (CCPR)
      and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR).

      We are already well aware that the right of self-determination appears in
      the first articles of these two covenants, but there is much more relevance
      than that issue alone.

      For example, the cultural rights addressed in Article 15 of CESCR relate to
      at least fifteen of the Articles contained in the Declaration.

      The International Labor Organisation (ILO) Convention 169 addresses
      Indigenous Peoples rights to traditional lands and resources, and this
      convention should be considered in conjunction with the Declaration.

      In December 2005 the United Nations adopted the Program of Action for the
      Second Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

      This decision was adopted unanimously in the General Assembly, thus
      demonstrating that governments supported actions for significant changes in
      laws, policies and programs.

      Governments should continue to advance the agenda of the United Nations
      through national efforts and close dialogue with Indigenous Peoples.

      The Declaration is clearly becoming the point of reference for 370 million
      Indigenous Peoples around the world to find legal and political traction to
      change our status as the poorest of the poor and the most oppressed.



      " Revolutionary movement and opposition to state power, in the defence of
      truth is at the heart of anti-imperial struggle. Frantz Fanon wrote,"You do
      not show proof of your nation from its culture....you substantiate its
      existence in the fight which the people wage against the forces of
      occupation. No colonial system draws its justification from the fact that
      the territories it dominates are culturally non-extant. "Struggle then is
      the signal of an oppressed peoples still beating heart in a colonial
      situation. Action is the life sign of peoples who existence is officially
      denied......we must fight for what is precious to us, or it will be stolen
      away and used for someone else's enjoyment, Fight, not Talk."




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