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Five Key Indigenous Peoples Issues For The Week Of June 30 - July 6, 2011: Philippines, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil

 

Philippines: NCIP Director Says Autonomy Is Not For Indigenous Peoples Alone But For All Who Live In CAR

 

The region’s pursuit for autonomy is not for the development of Cordillera Indigenous People (IP) alone but for all the people, regardless of their roots and ethnic origin, who choose to reside here in the region.

 

This was stressed by National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP-CAR) regional director Amador Batay-an during a kapihan media forum yesterday for the launching of Cordillera Month celebration.

 

According to Batay-an, who also chairs the Regional Development Council’s (RDC) Committee on IP Concerns, this year’s Cordillera Month celebration adopts the theme, "One Cordillera, Towards Autonomy and Regional Development.” This aims to generate greater awareness among all the people of Cordillera, regardless of their origin and ethnicity, to strengthen the autonomy movement

 

“We are talking here about the Cordillera region as a whole and we are including everybody regardless of their origin or ethnicity, as long as they reside here in the region and consider themselves as Cordillerans, including our Muslim brothers. Everyone would be benefitted for the development we are aspiring through regional development. No one would be left behind,” Batay-an said. Read more about autonomy and indigenous peoples in the Cordillera here....

 

Mexico: Cherán, Indigenous Peoples, Demilitarization

 

I'm Salvador Campanur Sánchez, I belong to the native Purepecha people from Cherán, Michoacán, I am not speaking to only speak for my people, but for all my brothers. We are a voice of the peoples, Nations and tribes of our country that we found in the way of this movement for peace and justice with dignity.

 

We have different languages and identities, we share the grievances: dispossession, plunder and the destruction of our land; the denial of our identity and the systematic violence of rulers, prey and criminal enterprises. US authorities are unaware of our right to autonomy and self-determination, criminalise our struggles, steal our wealth and apply a national policy of extermination against us us assault. The aggression of the State and its repressive bodies joins impunity of paramilitary groups and violence a crime which has always shelter from the authorities and impunity for the justice system.

 

We reaffirm the San Andrés accords as the starting point for the development worthy of the original peoples of Mexico; you say those who govern, in addition to missing the word committed, have been proposed to legislate against us and have reformed the Constitution with the sole interest of denying us as subjects of public law, so that our wealth become private enterprises and transnational. Read the rest of Salvador Sanchez's testimony on Cheran, indigenous peoples, and demilitarization in Mexico here....

 

Australia: Open Letter To Hon. Jenny Macklin MP Concerning Consultation On NT Intervention

 

The Hon Jenny Macklin MP,

Minister for Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

 

Dear Minister,

 

Further to the press release of the Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser of 27 June and our letter of that date we wish to elaborate upon the issue of the consultations planned by the Government in association with the release of its discussion paper “Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory” and also to discuss aspects of the paper itself.

 

We have already written to you expressing concern about the haste with which it is intended to conduct the consultations and urging that their commencement be delayed, relevant documents be translated and distributed and their transparency assured by means of recording (preferably video) and the presence of skilled interpreters.

 

We also have concerns about the nature of the consultations, by whom and with whom and the manner in which they are to be held. In particular it appears that Government is attempting to bypass Elders and Lawmen and Law Women and is failing to work with them to achieve the co-operation of the people whom they lead. Read the rest of the open letter on the NT Intervention here....

 

New Zealand: District Councillor Says Tribunal Report Insulting To Maori

 

A Gisborne District Councillor says the WAI262 Report is tokenistic and very disappointing. “This report was expected to provide clarity on property rights for Maori, but instead presents a series of schizophrenic findings and recommendations” said Manu Caddie, who is a member of the Gisborne District Council RMA Hearings Committee and the Environment & Policy Committee.

 

While the report suggests Maori do not have ownership of indigenous flora, fauna and knowledge – the Tribunal found that Maori have ‘kaitiaki obligations’ that should be protected in law.

 

“The recommendations relating to establishing better mechanisms for iwi and hapu to have input on resource management planning and decision-making are tokenistic and insulting.” Read more about the WAI262 Report and Maori reactions here....

 

Brazil: Increased Intrusion And Deforestation On Indigenous Reservations Of Mato Grosso And Maranhao

 

Between August 2010 and April this year, one hundred indigenous reserves and 20 conservation areas have been invaded for withdrawal of wood in Mato Grosso and Maranhão, reports second Coordinator of the Report of Violence against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil, the indigenous Missionary Council (Cimi), Maria Helena Rangel.

 

According to her, in these two Member States there has been an "explosion of deforestation", possibly motivated by the vote of the new forest code by the Chamber of Deputies. "There is a direct relationship between the changes provided for in the code and the increase of deforestation. Have people wanting to create facts on the ground in order to receive amnesty. It is an act of vandalism, of barbarism."

 

To the Coordinator of the report, the Maranhão has a situation even more complicated, because the areas where there is forest are located within indigenous lands. "These areas have been constant target [invaders]. Has everybody that enters the area firing, provoking disagreement, creating disorder." Read more about intrusion and deforestation of indigenous lands in Brazil here....

 

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