Archive for June, 2014

Mapuches piden a Evo Morales llevar mensaje de Pueblos Indígenas a conferencia días 22 y 23 septiembre a la ONU

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Una delegación del pueblo  Mapuche de Chile pidió el miércoles al presidente boliviano Evo Morales que lleve un mensaje de los pueblos indígenas del mundo a la Conferencia Mundial sobre Pueblos Indígenas que se realizará el 22 y 23 de septiembre próximo en Nueva York, sede de las Naciones Unidas.

La delegación chilena, encabezada por el encargado de Relaciones Internacionales de la Organización del Pueblo Mapuche Consejo de Todas las Tierras, Aucan Huilcaman, se reunió con ese propósito con Morales en Palacio de Gobierno.

“Queremos que el presidente Evo Morales lleve un mensaje de todos los pueblos indígenas del mundo, en vista de que Naciones Unidas nos ha aplicado su reglamento que es restringido que no permite la participación de los pueblos indígenas para un diálogo directo, eficaz y en pie de igualdad”, explicó Aucan.

Anticipó también que el mensaje busca abrir un diálogo con la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (Unasur), que es un órgano preferentemente de Estado en el que están incluidos los pueblos indígenas.

“Entre los gobiernos que conforman UNASUR Hay mayoría de pueblos indígenas por tanto necesitamos un diálogo entre Estado y pueblo indígena en el marco de Unasur”, remarcó.

Explicó que el Presidente boliviano les informó que su Gobierno preparó algunas fórmulas para responder ante esa situación, lo que -a su juicio- es un acto que realza al Ejecutivo boliviano.

Por otra parte, afirmó que los pueblos indígenas de Chile y América Latina ven con preocupación el diferendo marítimo entre Bolivia y Chile, y aseguró que los mapuches apoyan la búsqueda de una solución amistosa.

“Queremos llamar a ambos gobiernos para hacer los esfuerzos a fin de que se arribe a una solución amistosa. Nosotros somos interesados en que en la región de Sud América no haya más tensiones, no controversias entre países y pueblos hermanos y nos parece que el camino apropiado es la solución amistosa”, fundamentó.

Canada: Supreme Court expands land-title rights in unanimous ruling

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Historic ruling upholds land rights

Supreme Court decision recognizes the existence of aboriginal title, opening a new era in native relations with government
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Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown over climate and energy shocks

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

For those who still work hard to convince the public about the hope of incremental U.S. climate policy improvements, please see that there is no sincerity in any of their climate policy rhetoric.  The elites who are really in control know full well the true calamity ahead, yet dole out only empty words masquerading as glass-half-full climate policies, that they know even if these were real measures, would not have been enough to save anything.  All they really care about is how to suppress protests, uprisings and insurgencies with military might, in the not so distant future, to preserve their power, while they try to control the planet’s last oil and gas reserves and other “strategic” resources to continue with their profits.  These people are insane.

Here are two well researched article by Dr. Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian, UK.
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown
Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown
Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks
NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/jun/14/climate-change-energy-shocks-nsa-prism
The second article above links to an important piece of news from 1 year ago, about the U.S. military’s domestic role:
U.S. Military ‘Power Grab’ Goes Into Effect
Pentagon Unilaterally Grants Itself Authority Over ‘Civil Disturbances’
by Jed Morey on May 14, 2013
http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/05/14/u-s-military-power-grab-goes-into-effect/
Some highlights from the last article:
Bruce Afran, a civil liberties attorney and constitutional law professor …: “It’s no different than the emergency powers clause in the Weimar constitution [of the German Reich]. It’s a grant of emergency power to the military to rule over parts of the country at their own discretion.”
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The most substantial change is the notion of “civil disturbance” as one of the few “domestic emergencies” that would allow for the deployment of military assets on American soil.
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As far as what might qualify as a civil disturbance, Afran notes, “In the Sixties all of the Vietnam protests would meet this description. We saw Kent State. This would legalize Kent State (massacre of student protesters of 1970).”

Mariage forcé (forced marriage) – first film written, self-funded and produced by a Fulbe Mbororo from Cameroon

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Mariage forcé (forced marriage)  is the first film written, self-funded and produced by an indigenous filmmaker from the Fulbe Mbororo. Almost the entire crew of actors are also Mbororo. This is a ground-breaking development!

Mbororo pastoralists across Africa are using the Fulfulde language spoken in this film, which was created in Cameroon.

Click below to watch the film by Amina Adamu (French subtitles):

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Kickstarter: A film series about how proposed mega-dams in Borneo would negatively impact indigenous communities, wildlife, and climate change

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
The Borneo Project just started a short film series and launched a Kickstarter campaign that will allow them to complete the series. The series sheds light on the impacts that currently proposed mega-dams could have on indigenous people and the environment in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Here is the link to the Borneo Project Kickstarter campaign: Video

STATEMENT BY THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION at High Level Plenary Meeting September 2014 Informal Consultations

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
United Nations
High Level Plenary Meeting September 2014
Informal Consultations
June 3, 2014
UN Headquarters NY

United Nations Video of the Informal Consultations conducted by Mr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly on the Outcome Document of the General Assembly High Level Plenary Meeting of September 2014 on June 3, 2014 at UN Headquarters NY.

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STATEMENT BY THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

“We regret the fact that the timetable for the forthcoming conference on a number of aspects not only goes beyond the parameters set by the modalities resolution but ignores the positions of a number of states including the Russian Federation which many times called for the need to maintain the international nature of the General Assembly and the events under the under the GA. Unfortunately our concerns are yet to be addressed. At the same time the delegation of the Russian Federation continues to believe in the need to unswerving abide by what was set down by the rights and rules regulating the rules of such negotiations. We hope that these concerns will be taken in account during forthcoming work on the draft outcome document.”

TRANSLATION: When the Tartars of Crimea show up at the UN, and present before the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues regarding the ramifications of the violations of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), violations which could be interpreted as deliberate acts of Genocide, acts which equally implicate the Ukraine as a state sovereignty, there is NO WAY the Russian Federation will allow for Indigenous Peoples to be recognized as PEOPLES EQUAL to ALL OTHER PEOPLES in international procedures of the UN (a global system of state sovereignty established in 1648 under the Treaty of Wesphalia) when such recognition would not only call into question the territorial integrity of the Crimean peninsula, but the violations of Human Rights and Territorial Rights of Indigenous Peoples across the entire land base of the Russian Federation as a whole.

The ZERO DRAFT is just that: NOTHING of the drafting process is to the benefit of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

When the door closes, and the Final Outcome Document of this draft under UN International Procedures go into SILENCE MODE, the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be an issue for the states to redefine on their own terms and the Nations of Indigenous Peoples themselves will be left outside facing the cold reality of having to contend with a strategy of collusion and co-optation by the UN states to subvert the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and prevent the International Human Rights referenced in the UNDRIP from ever becoming formalized in a UN CONVENTION.

“The HLPM is a semiotic schema (doctrine) being constructed to contextualize the process ofINDIGENOUS CONSENT inside the Westphalian System of the Divine Right of States in order to subvert and domesticate the Universal Human Right in International Law of Indigenous Peoples, equal to all other peoples of the world.”

Video Statements: UN HLPM Informal Consultations June 3, 2014 (The UN General Assembly High-level Plenary Meeting 2014 IS NOT A UN CONFERENCE)

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Watch Video Statements: UN HLPM Informal Consultations June 3, 2014


United Nations
High Level Plenary Meeting September 2014
Informal Consultations
June 3, 2014
UN Headquarters NY
United Nations Video of the Informal Consultations conducted by Mr. John Ashe, President of the General Assembly on the Outcome Document of the General Assembly High Level Plenary Meeting of September 2014 on June 3, 2014 at UN Headquarters NY.*********************************
We call for the restitution of the primary source materials and testimony that was lent to the United Nations system as fundamental to the evidence in document form of thesystemic (system to system) nature of the legal relationships between the Nations of Indigenous Peoples and the member states of the UN system for the purpose of the Treaty Study conducted by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez of Cuba.
Such delivery, should be an initial act of good faith in terms of the continuing process of systemic documentation among the Nations of Indigenous Peoples and the UN system prior to and as a necessary act of condition to allow for the full and effective participation of the Indigenous Peoples with the High Level Plenary Meeting on an equal basis and withoutsystemic discrimination in the process of producing the Final Outcome Document of the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly 2014.

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The UN General Assembly High-level Plenary Meeting 2014
IS NOT A UN CONFERENCE.

It is a schema of the states which is actively and openly but unrealistically being promoted to be named a CONFERENCE, in the same degrading naming process that we became known as INDIANS, AMERICA, AMERICAN INDIANS, LATIN AMERICA, etc. The HLPM is a semiotic schema (doctrine) being constructed to contextualize the process INDIGENOUS CONSENT inside the Westphalian System of the Divine Right of States in order to domesticate the Universal Human Right in International Law of Indigenous Peoples, equal to all other peoples of the world.

We are Nations of Mother Earth, and will not consent to be diminished or to be dominated under the regime of the government states of the UN system as mere ethnic groups, or minorities.
WE DENY CONSENT.
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Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth

Report finds EU Biomass policies are fuelling land-grabbing in the global South

Friday, June 13th, 2014

[Report at: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/2014/biomass-landgrabbing-report/ ]

9th June 2014 – A new report published today [1] by campaign group Biofuelwatch [2] shows that the growing demand for wood created by UK and EU biomass policies is fuelling land-grabs in Africa and South America. Despite finding that nearly all of the wood imported by the UK and other EU countries for bioenergy comes from North America and elsewhere in Europe, including Russia, the report shows that companies are taking advantage of the expectations raised by bioenergy policies in order to acquire large tracts of land in the global South.

Report author and Biofuelwatch co-Director Almuth Ernsting explained that: “Although there is no evidence for wood being supplied to UK power stations from countries in the global South at present, there is alarming evidence of UK and EU support for biomass electricity being used as an excuse for landgrabbing in Brazil, Ghana and elsewhere.”

The report examines evidence of links between pro-biomass policies in the EU and land-grabbing internationally. It is the most extensive to date, and its conclusion highlights the ‘paradox’ of the fact that land-grabs in the global South are being triggered by EU bioenergy demand, even in the absence of direct EU imports. Despite the assertions by industry analysts and policy-makers that biomass demand is likely to be increasingly sourced from the global South, findings presented in the report suggest that demand is much more likely to be continued to be met through increased production in North America and Europe, including Russia.

An example cited in the report is the UK company Mere Environmental, which claims to be planting 5,000 hectares of land in Ghana with teak trees and to have acquired rights to a further 25,000 hectares. Mere Environmental announced near-term plans for importing large-quantities of woodchips for UK power stations into Holyhead Port, but those appear highly questionable, given that teak takes around 20 years to mature and that the economic case for then exporting it for bioenergy is difficult to make.

This is just one of many examples of companies citing European bioenergy demand as a rationale for acquiring land for tree plantations without any credible plans to actually export wood for this purpose. Instead, companies appear to be exploiting expectations of rising wood demand created by UK and EU bioenergy policies in order to convince investors to finance land-acquisitions for monoculture tree plantations in the global South.

A major conclusion of the report is that the indirect nature of land-grabs that appear to have occurred as a result of UK and EU biomass policies means that they cannot be addressed through future sustainability standards. There is a significant danger that the rapidly growing demand for biomass electricity and therefore wood in Europe will mirror the level of land-grabs associated with EU biofuel demand.

Almuth Ernsting said: “The complex and indirect way in which EU biomass policies are leading to land-grabbing in countries of the global South show that there is only one way of preventing a repeat of the large-scale land-grabs for biofuels: That is to stop the subsidies and other incentives that are driving the fast-growing demand for wood-based bioenergy.”

UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL NOMINATES H.R.H. PRINCE ZEID RA’AD ZEID AL-HUSSEIN OF JORDAN AS UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
United Nations New York, 6 June 2014
The Secretary-General, following consultations with the Chairmen of the regional groups of Member States, today informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein is currently Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held previously for six and a half years, from 2000 to 2007.  From 2007 to 2010 he served as Jordan’s Ambassador to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico.  He also served as Jordan’s Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, from 1996 to 2000.

Inicia Presidente de la Asamblea General Consultas sobre Documento Final de Conferencia Mundial de Pueblos Indígenas

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Por Benito CALIXTO GUZMAN
SUB-COORDINADOR GENERAL
CAOI
Delegado alterno del GCG
Audiencia interactiva oficiosa 17 y 18 de junio
Genaro Bautista / AIPIN
Naciones Unidas. El Presidente de la Asamblea General (PAG) de las Naciones Unidas, John W. Ashe, dio a conocer que a partir de este 3 de junio, estará llevando consultas informales en torno de la Conferencia Mundial sobre Pueblos Indígenas.
A esta han acudido delegaciones del Caucus Coordinador Global Indígena (GCGI), entre ellos Florina López, representante por América Latina y el Caribe, así como Benito Calixto de la Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas (CAOI).
Ashe, quien se ha opuesto a la participación en igualdad de condiciones de los pueblos indígenas que los Estados, apuntó que el propósito de la consulta “es permitir a los representantes sus puntos de vista de los contenidos del Documento Final de la Conferencia”.
El documento mencionado enfrenta fuertes resistencias en puntos claves para los pueblos indígenas entre los que destacan, territorios, aguas, recursos naturales, libredeterminación.
El PAG, expuso que en este proceso, será auxiliado por los cuatro asesores, designados para tal fin: el Representante Permanente de Costa Rica y el Representante Permanente de Eslovenia, así como los representantes indígenas, Mirna Cunningham y Les Malezer.
En un comunicado a los Pueblos Indígenas, John Ashe, invitó a participar en una audiencia interactiva oficiosa el martes 17 de junio y el miércoles 18 de junio, en Nueva York, a fin de obtener valiosos aportes al proceso preparatorio de la Conferencia Mundial, incluyendo sus puntos de vista sobre el documento final del conclave.
La resolución de la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas No. A/66/296 ordena al Presidente de la Asamblea General (PAG) organizar, no después de Junio de 2014, una audiencia interactiva informal con representantes de pueblos indígenas y representantes de los organismos del sistema de la ONU, instituciones académicas, instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos, parlamentarios, la sociedad civil y organizaciones no gubernamentales, conforme a las estipulaciones relevantes de la presente resolución, para brindar aportes valiosos en el proceso preparatorio para la reunión plenaria de alto nivel de la Asamblea General, conocida como la Conferencia Mundial de Pueblos Indígenas.
El 30 de Mayo de 2014, el PAG anunció que la audiencia interactiva informal se realizará el martes 17 y miércoles 18 de Junio 2014, en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Nueva York.
La reunión plenaria de alto nivel busca generar un documento final orientado a la acción.
Según lo estipula la resolución sobre modalidades, el Presidente de la Asamblea General preparará el texto en base a consultas con los Estados y los Pueblos Indígenas y tomará en cuenta los puntos de vista emergentes del proceso preparatorio y la audiencia interactiva.
El nuevo escenario hacia la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos Indígenas
Conferencia en septiembre
Sin una  participación plena, efectiva indígena, será una reunión sobre indígenas.
Luego de culminado del Foro Permanente para las Cuestiones Indígenas en la sede de las Naciones Unidas Nueva York, llevado a cabo desde 12 al 23 de mayo del 2014, donde las diversas regiones representados por sus líderes indígenas solicitaron que se lleve a cabo la llamada Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos Indígenas en el mes de septiembre con la participación plena y efectiva de los indígenas del mundo.
Durante el dialogo del Foro Permanente respecto al tema no quedó muy claro los pasos a seguir, dado que el asesor del Presidente de la Asamblea General (PGA) tampoco tenía la claridad como para informar a los asistentes.
El 30 de mayo, llego un comunicado inesperado por parte del Presidente de la Asamblea General, Sr. Jhon W. Ashe, convocando a todos los representantes de los pueblos indígenas con el propósito de consultar y recibir puntos de vista sobre el Documento Final de la Conferencia.
Sin embargo los contenidos del documento son aún un misterio.
De acuerdo a la comunicación solo se podrá resolver el día 3 de junio cuando el Presidente nos presente el documento en la reunión con los representantes indígenas del planeta.
De igual manera la comunicación del Presidente hace referencia a una convocatoria para una reunión interactiva que se llevara a cabo los días 17 y 18 de junio en la sede de las Naciones Unidas, por lo tanto podemos afirmar ahora si con mucha claridad que la Conferencia Mundial se realizara en septiembre próximo.
Por tanto, ante este proceso debemos llamar a que todas las organizaciones indígenas continúen insistiendo en que esta se realice con una  participación plena, efectiva y una masiva participación de los indígenas; en caso contrario será una Conferencia sobre los indígenas sin la participación de los principales actores.
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ARTHUR MANUEL: La nombrada “Conferencia Mundial sobre Pueblos Indígenas” es un insulto a los pueblos indígenas:
http://earthpeoples.org/blog/?p=5916
Reunión Plenaria de Alto Nivel de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas y el uso Inadecuado del Consentimiento PrevioLibre e Informado:
http://earthpeoples.org/blog/?p=5877