Friday, 15 May 2015

URGENT PRESS RELEASE BY THE MEMBERS OF THE INDIGENOUS WORKING GROUP AT THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS)

Photo above & photos below - byVera Narvaez-Lanuza 



THE INDIGENOUS CAUCUS OF THE AMERICAS AT THE OAS HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE NEGOTIATIONS DUE TO THE GOVERNMENTS' DECEIT AND LACK OF GOODWILL - COLOMBIA, BRAZIL, BELIZE, ECUADOR, ARGENTINA, CHILE AND VENEZUELA - WERE THE MOST HOSTILE GOVERNMENTS OF THE AMERICAS TO INDIGENOUS RIGHTS HAVING UNITED NATIONS STANDARDS, THEY ALL VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED THIS AND WANTED TO SUBJECT INDIGENOUS RIGHTS TO INFERIOR NATIONAL CONSTITUTION RESTRICTIONS...BE CAREFUL WHICH NEO-COLONIAL GOVERNMENT IN DISGUISE YOU SEE AS 'CHAMPIONS OF THE POOR'....URBAN POOR MAYBE, BUT NOT THE INDIGENOUS POOR!  

Distinguished Chairman of the Permanent Council, we the representatives of Indigenous
Peoples express our position in regards to the last session of the negotiations of the working
group responsible for drafting the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples.
We regret that some States insist on hindering negotiations, which have been in progress
for more than 17 years by introducing, at the last minute, new text designed to make the
provisions in the American Declaration ambiguous, taking it below the standards of the
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These texts would not
have recognized the rights of Indigenous Peoples, as inviolable human rights, which is
contrary to international human rights law.
The Indigenous Caucus considers this a vile disrespect and bad faith. We will not accept
any disposition that limits the human rights of Indigenous Peoples to constitutions,
domestic laws and public interest. We will not allow the continued violation of indigenous
rights nor permit the destruction of the progress so far achieved in drafting the American
Declaration.
The Indigenous Caucus denounces before the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs,
the Permanent Council and the General Assembly, the sad fact that the conditions for the
adoption of an American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
are absent at this time. There is no respect, on the part of some states, for the principles of
the negotiation process that led Indigenous Peoples to the negotiation of an American
Declaration; on the contrary these states seek to weaken it and compromise its standards to
a level lower than those of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We ask the Committee on Legal and Political Affairs, the Permanent Council and the
General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), to take all the necessary
measures to guarantee the full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in the
discussion and adoption of the American Declaration in a context of respect and equality.
We the Indigenous Peoples will not accept any language that is contrary to the UN
Declaration. We Indigenous Peoples reject and denounce the latest text of the American
Declaration submitted for discussion and consider it illegitimate.
In view of the above and in recognizing that the necessary conditions for negotiations are
absent at this eighteenth session, we the Indigenous Peoples remove ourselves from the
negotiating table and will not recognize any text.

Washington D.C. 15th May 2015.

Posición del Conclave Indígena de los Pueblos Indígenas de las Américas Señor Presidente del Consejo Permanente, nosotros los representantes de los Pueblos Indígenas queremos dejar constancia de nuestra posición en cuanto a la última sesión de negociación del grupo de trabajo para la elaboración de la Declaración Americana sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. Lamentamos que algunos Estados insisten en entorpecer la negociación llevada por más de 17 años, al introducir a última hora nuevos texto para hacer ambigua las disposiciones contenidas en la Declaración Americana por debajo de los estándares de la declaración de las naciones unidas y no reconocer los derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas, lo cual es contrario al derecho internacional de los derechos humanos. El Conclave considera esto como una vil falta de respeto y mala fe y no aceptará ninguna disposición que anteponga los derechos humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas a las constituciones, legislaciones internas e interés público, para permitir la continuada violación de los derechos indígenas y destruir todos los avances que hemos logrado en la Declaración Americana. El Conclave Indígena denuncia ante el Comité de Asuntos Jurídicos y Políticos, al Consejo Permanente y a la Asamblea General que no existen las condiciones para que se adopte una Declaración Americana sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas de las Américas ya que no se han respetado los principios de la negociación que llevaron a los Pueblos Indígenas a sentarse a negociar el texto de la Declaración Americana sin debilitarla y sin que estén por debajo de los estándares de la Declaración de Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas. Solicitamos al Comité de Asuntos Jurídicos, Consejo Permanente y Asamblea General de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), que adopte las medidas necesarias para permitir la participación plena y efectiva de los Pueblos Indígenas en la discusión y adopción de la Declaración Americana en un ambiente de respeto e igualdad. Los Pueblos Indígenas no aceptaremos que se insista con términos que sean contrarios a la Declaración de la ONU, los Pueblos Indígenas rechazaremos y denunciaremos el texto de la Declaración Americana que se presente a discusión por ilegitima. Dicho esto y al no darse las condiciones en esta decimoctava sesión de negociaciones, los Pueblos Indígenas nos retiramos de la mesa de negociación y no reconoceremos texto alguno. Washington D.C. 15 de mayo de 2015


A short Video clip taken by Commissioner New Oo of the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organization who attended the OAS session (clip in Spanish) of Hector Huertas of Central America speaking
https://www.facebook.com/damon.corrie/videos/10152726090161566/?pnref=story

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WE SALUTE OUR INDIGENOUS BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE CAUCUS FOR HEROICALLY DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS TO ALL THE NEO-COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS OF THE AMERICAS ! FORWARD EVER - BACKWARD NEVER!



Colombia Government - HOSTILE to Indigenous Peoples having higher UN standard rights

Jaime Arias for South America Indigenous Peoples and Hector Huertas for Central America Indigenous Peoples
The USA and Canada governments just sat at the table and refused to participate in ANYTHING
                                           Ronald Lameman of the Indian Treaty Council
Belize Government - HOSTILE to Indigenous Peoples having higher UN standard rights
                          June Llorenzo for Noth America with Anita Tzec for Caribbean Indigenous Peoples
Ecuador Government - HOSTILE to Indigenous Peoples having higher UN standard rights
                                         Hector Huertas for Indigenous Central America Indigenous Peoples
Brazil Government - HOSTILE to Indigenous Peoples having higher UN standard rights
 Darwin Hill of the Six Nations Confederacy and June Llorenzo for North America


Chile Government - HOSTILE to Indigenous Peoples having higher UN standard rights

 Anita Tzec for Caribbean Indigenous Peoples with Hector Huertas for Central American Indigenous Peoples
 Darwin Hill of the Six Nations Confederacy listening to Anita Tzec for Caribbean Indigenous Peoples.
 Indigenous Caucus of the OAS realizing what the real agenda of the Governments was...
 ...and deciding to draw a line in the sand and NEVER surrender any hard won Indigenous rights
Historic photo of our Indigenous representatives (from left to right) Hector Huertas for Central America, Anita Tzec for the Caribbean, Armstrong Wiggins of the Indian Law Resource Centre, and Jaime Arias for South America.  

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