Friday, January 23, 2015

Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to speak in Boulder, Colorado

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz; Photo courtesy of the United Nations
For our friends in the Colorado area, on Thursday, January 29, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will be speaking at the University of Colorado Law School.  Ms. Tauli-Corpuz is the founder and Executive Director of Tebtebba, a Philippines-based organization which works on indigenous issues.  Ms. Tauli-Corpuz assumed her responsibilities as the Special Rapporteur in June 2014 and in her position she:
  • 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;
  • 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.
NARF’s work on implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in the UNFCCC process to reach an international climate change agreement directly involve us in matters related to the work of the Special Rapporteur in fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples.

For more information on the event, please see the announcement from the American Indian Law Program.