21 February, 2019

Special Rapporteur to present mandate, vision and plans

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Tebtebba Bulletin) – A new indigenous Filipino woman UN official will present her mandate, vision and plans before indigenous leaders, government officials and UN agency representatives in an upcoming national consultation here.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, newly-appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will also discuss some of the alleged cases of human rights violations against indigenous peoples and recommend ways how can these be better addressed, according to a program being organized by Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education).

(Tebtebba, global nongovernment organization Tauli-Corpuz founded and once directed, promotes indigenous rights and indigenous peoples’ “self-determined development.”)  

Timed on the eve of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on August 8, 2014, the National Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is an opportunity for indigenous representatives and other stakeholders to share with the Special Rapporteur their problems, challenges and concerns. The consultation will be held at The Sulo Riviera Hotel, Metro Manila, Philippines from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Since they have achieved various levels of success in their advocacy, indigenous peoples, through their leaders and representatives from various parts of the country, are expected to also share their “good practices” with the Special Rapporteur. 

Representatives of government, UN agencies and multilateral organizations, and civil society are likewise expected to share their good practices in working with and for indigenous peoples.  These include policies that recognize indigenous rights and indigenous peoples-sensitive development.

More than 60 participants, many of them leaders of indigenous organizations and advocacy groups from northern and southern Philippines, are expected to engage with the Special Rapporteur and with government and UN agency representatives.

Tauli-Corpuz was appointed to her UN post last June 2, replacing Professor James Anaya.  The former Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2005-2009) is the first indigenous woman to become Special Rapporteur.