|At the invitation of the Government of Timor-Leste, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, will visit Timor-Leste from 8 – 16 April 2019. The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2014. She looks into the respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights for indigenous peoples worldwide. She will meet with Government, other State officials, non-Government actors, the UN and others in Dili and will make some community visits.|
Call for inputs on upcoming country visit to Timor Leste 8 to 16 April 2019
The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples is collecting information in preparation of her upcoming country visit to Timor Leste which will take place from 8 to 16 April 2019.
In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the Special Rapporteur welcomes all relevant submissions that indigenous organisations and other stakeholders may wish to transmit for her consideration in preparation of this visit, such as:
- Recent analytical reports or surveys relating to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur
- Information on relevant policies, programmes and legal framework
- Priority issues/concerns and situations that warrant the attention of the Special Rapporteur
- Suggestions on issues to examine and related locations to visit
- Contact info for organisations and civil society representatives to meet in different locations
Among the topics the Special Rapporteur is particularly interested in receiving information on: customary justice systems, the impact of climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, conservation, education and community land issues. Submissions on other topics are also welcomed.
Background on the work of the Special Rapporteur
Indigenous peoples across the world experience the consequences of historical colonization and invasion of their territories, and face discrimination because of their distinct cultures, identities and ways of life. In recent decades, the international community has given special attention to the human rights situations of indigenous peoples, as shown by the adoption of international standards and guidelines, as well as by the establishment of institutions and bodies that specifically address these peoples’ concerns. The Special Rapporteur is mandated to promote the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and international instruments relevant to the advancement of the rights of indigenous peoples,
In 2001, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples was created, as part of the system of thematic Special Procedures.
The Special Rapporteur:
- Promotes good practices, including new laws, government programs, and constructive agreements between indigenous peoples and states, to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples
- Reports on the overall human rights situations of indigenous peoples in selected countries, and on her activities to the Human Rights Council
- Addresses specific cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others
- Conducts or contributes to thematic studies on topics of special importance regarding the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples
Biography of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Ms. Tauli-Corpuz is an indigenous leader from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines. As an indigenous activist, she has worked for over three decades on building movement among indigenous peoples and as an advocate for women's rights.
She has been serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since 2014.
Ms. Tauli-Corpuz is the former Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2010) has served as the chairperson-rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. As an indigenous leader, she was actively engaged in drafting and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
She has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change and the advancement of indigenous peoples' and women's rights and she is a member of the United Nations Development Programme’s Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.
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