Indio de Sud América
Human Rights Council
26th june 06
The Indian Council of South America to the new UN Human Rights Council hopes that the change serves to better defend those rights as well as social and historic justice for all peoples.
That is what CISA hopes, because attempts are being made to invalidate the process launched by the representatives of the invaded peoples of the Americas and Oceania who did not benefit from the decolonisation that took place on other continents. In 1977, those representatives sought to have the United Nations recognize them as peoples and original nations with a right to self-determination, to land, territory, natural resources and to a future that includes their collective systems.
These rights were enshrined by the "Working group on indigenous peoples" in their Draft Declaration which is under attack from groups of States. One group proposes the adoption of the Text submitted by Mr. Chavez, the Chair/Rapporteur, which selects only those points he unilaterally deemed consensual and which reduces the scope of the Original Draft. This Text is unacceptable for the following reasons:
The proposal that there be further discussion of the declaration during two or three sessions in the same conditions, with the same chairman and the same system of participation by indigenous delegates is also unacceptable.
The CISA considers that in the current situation of globalisation, which sweeps away differences and subjugates the integrity of peoples, it is necessary to take a breathing space so as to resume the debate on the Draft Declaration in new conditions with a view to reaching a consensus which is not possible at present. It considers that the Original Project, while it reflects the minimum aspirations of the indigenous peoples, is still the only one that preserves their rights intact and that is why we support it.