HUNGER STRIKE BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' REPRESENTATIVES AT THE UNITED NATIONS!

Today, November 29th, 2004, at 11 am, we, Indigenous Peoples' delegates, declare a hunger strike and spiritual fast inside the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, during this 3rd week of the 10th session of the Intersessional Working Group on the United Nations Draft Declaration for the Rights on Indigenous Peoples.

 

We, Indigenous peoples' delegates from different countries, undertake this action, with the support and solidarity of Indigenous Peoples and organizations from around the world, to call the world's attention to the continued attempts by some states, as well as this UN process itself, to weaken and undermine the Draft Declaration developed in the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations and adopted by the UN Subcommission for the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1994.

 

The Sub Commission text has also been endorsed and supported by hundreds of Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world as the minimum standard required for the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples' rights internationally.

 

We delegates who will undertake the hunger strike, along with the undersigned Indigenous Peoples, organizations, tribal governments, Nations, communities and Networks, call for the Sub Commission text of the Declaration to be sent back to the UN Commission on Human Rights with the message that in 10 years, proposals by States to weaken or amend the text have not gained the consensus of the Working Group participants, which include both states and Indigenous Peoples.

 

Mr. Luis Chavez, the Chairman Rapporteur of the Working Group should report this reality and not present a "consolidated text" as if it was "close to consensus." The Commission on Human Rights must establish a process that does not provide a handful of States an opportunity to weaken the human rights of Indigenous Peoples. The process also must take into account the voices of the great numbers of Indigenous Peoples from all parts of the world.

 

We will not allow our rights to be negotiated, compromised or diminished in this UN process, which was initiated more than 20 years ago by Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations itself says that human rights are inherent and inalienable, and must be applied to all Peoples without discrimination.

 

We request that the Secretariat of this session immediately inform the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and the High Commissioner herself of this action. We also request that the Secretariat arrange for the hunger strikers to be able remain in the UN during the entire week of the session.

 

Indigenous delegates participating in the hunger strike inside the United Nations include:

Adelard Blackman, Buffalo River Dene Nation, Canada ;

Andrea Carmen, Yaqui Nation, Arizona United States ;

Alexis Tiouka, Kaliña, French Guyana ;

Charmaine White Face, Ogala Tetuwan, Sioux Nation Territory, North America ;

Danny Billie, Traditional Independent Seminole Nation of Florida, United States;

Saul Vicente, Zapoteca, Mexico.

 

Send expressions of solidarity from Indigenous Peoples and supporters for the "hunger strike for Indigenous Rights" and for the adoption of the current text of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the UN Session during this week.

Send faxes to: ++ 41 22 917 00 79 (DoCip, for logistic support)

E-mails to: indigenousolidarity@yahoo.com

To have your support letter posted on the IITC web page, also send it to: iitc@e-w-t.net, with "to post" in the subject line.

For more information in Geneva contact:

Andrea Carmen (English, Spanish), IITC, 076 546 04 21

(for International calls dial ++ 41 76 546 04 21)

Cyril Schönbächler (French, English), IndiGeneva, 078 716 52 39 or 022 733 28 73

(for International calls dial ++ 41 78 716 52 39 or ++ 41 22 733 28 73)

Anne-Marie Cruz (French, English, Spanish), IndiGeneva, 076 450 83 18

(for International calls dial ++ 41 76 450 83 18)

The following organizations, Nations, Tribal Governments and communities have signed on in support of this action and of the position we present:

Africa

Indigenous Peoples African Coordinating Committee (IPACC)

 

Argentina

Asociación Mapuche los Toldos

Organizacion de Naciones y Pueblos Indígenas en Argentina

Comisión de Juristas en la República de Argentina

 

Argentina/Bolivia/Chile/Peru

Parlamento del Pueblo Kullana Aymara

 

Arctic

Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition

Kasgit Council of Elders, Nutmlak (Inherent Traditional Government), Iupik Nation, Alaska

Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government, Alaska

 

Asia

Alifurus in Maluku (Moluccas)

 

Bolivia

Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB)

Taypi Ceqe (Organización Indígena Aymara)

 

Canada

Buffalo River Dene Nation

Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations

Ermineskin Cree Nation

Indigenous Organization of Indigenous Resource Development (IOIRD)

Innu Council of Nitassinan

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

 

Chile

Consejo de Todas las Tierras

 

Colombia

Akuaipa Waimakat (Asociación de Derechos Humanos Wayuu de la Guajira)

Organización Zonal Indígena del Putumayo (OZIP)

 

Ecuador

Instituto Cientifico de Culturas Indigenas (Amawta Runakunapak Yachay)

 

French Guyana

Fédération des Organisations autochtones de Guyane (FOAG), membre de la COICA

 

Guatemala

Comite Campesina del Altiplano (CCDA)

CONAVIGUA

Defensoria Maya

Fundacion Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala)

Oxlajuj Ajpop de los Ajq'ijab' (Conferencia Nacional de Ministros de la Espritualidad Maya de Guatemala)

 

Kenya

Maimyoito Pastoralist Intgegrated Organization

 

Mexico

Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos

Agencia Internacional de Prensa India (AIPIN)

Alianza de Organizaciones Sociales

Alianza de Pueblos Indígena de la Sierra Oriente del Estado de México

Alianza Indígena Mexicana-Anipa Hidalgo

Anipa Chihuahua

Anipa Guerrero

Anipa Quintana Roo

Anipa Tabasco

Asamblea Nacional Indígena Plural por la Autonomía

Asamblea Nacional por la Autonomia (ANIPA)

Asociacion Nacional de Abogados Democraticos (ANAD)

Axale, S.S.S.

Centro de Derechos Humanos Yaxkin

Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social, A.C.

Centro para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas del Alto Balsas

Centros de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa

CEREAL GUADALAJARA

CEREAL MEXICO

Cesem A.C.

Coalicion de Atencion a la Juventud

Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos A.C.

Consejo de la Nación Amuzga

Consejo de la Nacion Nahua

Consejo de la Nacionalidad Otomí

Consejo de Organizaciones Triquis

Consejo de Pueblos Nahuas del Alto Balsas, Guerrero, A.C.

Consejo Indígena Municipal Chocholteco

Consejo Indígena Popular de Oaxaca "Ricardo Flores Magón" (CIPO-RFM &endash; Oaxaca)

Consejo Mazahua Región Almoloya de Juárez

Consejo Tradicional de los Pueblos Indios de Sonora

Cooperativa Flores de la Tierra Amuzga

Coordinadora de Grupos Culturales Indígenas y Populares

Coordinadora Guerrerense de Mujeres Indígenas

Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas

Coordinadora Regional de Organizaciones Indígenas de la Sierra de Zongolica

Educa A.C.

Federación de Indígenas Migrantes de Acapulco

Foro Migraciones

Fraternidad Revolucionaria

Frente Independiente de Pueblos Indios

Frente Indigena Campesino y Popular (FICAPO, A.P.N.)

Fundación Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Mexico)

Incide Social

Jovenes En Alternativa Pacifica

La Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indigenas

Mephaa-Savi Mujeres Indígenas

Nacion Purepecha Zapatista

Ndu Nu Ñu Savi

Noche Sihuame Sanse Tajome

Organización de Artesanos Migrantes "Tonhalli"

Organización Nación Purhepecha

Parlamento Indígena Estatal Campesino y Popular

Red Codapi

Red Indígena de Turismo Alternativo de México

Red Indígena de Turismo de México

Regiones Autónomas Pluriétnicas

Romero" (SICSAL)

Se Ojtli Yankuik, A.C.

Secretariado Internacional Cristiano de Solidaridad con América Latina "Oscar A.

SEPROJUSDAC, AC

Taller Universitario de Derechos Humanos A. C.

Umbral Axochiatl

Yoloxochitl SPR

 

Morroco

Tamaynut (Amazigh Peoples)

 

Pacific

Aotearoa Indigenous Rights Trust (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Nation of Hawaii (Hawaii)[Please Note: Hawaiians are rightfully under the region of the Pacific and not a part of the United States]

Sovereign Union of Aboriginal Nations and Peoples in Australia

Te Rau Aroha (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

 

Panama

Asociación Nabguana

Comunidad de Ustupu, Kuna Yala

Fundación Dobbo Yala

Fundación para la Promoción del Conocimiento Indígena

Jóvenes Ngobe &endash; Bugle

Movimiento Juventud Kuna

Nis Bundor

Organización de Jóvenes Embera &endash; Wounam de Panamáde

Red de Mujeres sobre la Biodiversidad

 

United States

Abya Yala Nexus

Cactus Valley/Red Willow Springs Sovereign Community, Big Mountain, Arizona

Centro Mundo Maya

El Colectivo de Contacto Ancestral

Indigenous Environmental Network

Pit River Tribe, California

Seminole Sovereignty Protection Initiative, Oklahoma

Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council

Traditional Independent Seminole Nation of Florida

Wanblee Wakpeh Oyate, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

White Clay Society, Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana

Yoemem Tekia Foundation (Pascua Yaqui Reservation, Arizona)

 

Multi-regional

Coordinadora Indígena de la Cuenca Amazonica (COICA)

Indigenous World Association

International Indian Treaty Council

Land is Life

From: Tony Castanha <castanha@hawaii.edu>

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004 00:16:45 -1000 (HST)

To: papbullslist@revoke.org, indigenousolidarity@yahoo.com

Subject: Fwd: FW: support indigenous in a hunger strike in UN NOW / apoyo a Indígenas en una huelga de Hambre en la ONU AHORA / soutien Indigènes en grève de la faim à l'ONU MAINTENANT (fwd)

*Support for current text of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It's never too late.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 12:17:26 -0800 (PST)

From: tom dostou <tmpdostou@yahoo.com>

Subject: Fwd: FW: support indigenous in a hunger strike in UN NOW / apoyo a

Indígenas en una huelga de Hambre en la ONU AHORA / soutien

Indigènes en grève de la faim [UNKNOWN] à l'ONU MAINTENANT

 

Note: forwarded message attached.

Nabesse Pishum ( Tom Dostou )

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From: Kent Lebsock <kent@ailanyc.org>

Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2004 12:17:35 -0500

To: kent@ailanyc.org

Subject: FW: support indigenous in a hunger strike in UN NOW / apoyo a Indígenas en una huelga de Hambre en la ONU AHORA / soutien Indigènes en grève de la faim à l'ONU MAINTENANT

 

...to hear the voices of our people even unto the seventh generation

 

Kent Lebsock

Executive Director

American Indian Law Alliance

611 Broadway, Suite 632

New York, NY 10012

 

kent@ailanyc.org

 

tel: 212-477-9100

fax: 212-477-0004

mobile: 917-751-4239

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Cyril Schönbächler [mailto:troglodyte@bluewin.ch]

Sent: Monday, November 29, 2004 9:00 AM

To: Recipient list suppressed

Subject: support indigenous in a hunger strike in UN NOW / apoyo a Indígenas en una huelga de Hambre en la ONU AHORA / soutien Indigènes en grève de la faim à l'ONU MAINTENANT

Importance: High

"support indigenous in a hunger strike in UN"

"apoyo a Indígenas en una huelga de Hambre en la ONU"

"soutien Indigènes en grève de la faim à l'ONU"

 

ENGLISH / FRANCAIS / ESPANOL

HUNGER STRIKE BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' REPRESENTATIVES AT THE UNITED NATIONS!

Today, November 29th, 2004, at 11 am, we, Indigenous Peoples' delegates, declare a hunger strike and spiritual fast inside the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, during this 3rd week of the 10th session of the Intersessional Working Group on the United Nations Draft Declaration for the Rights on Indigenous Peoples.

Send expressions of solidarity from Indigenous Peoples and supporters for the "hunger strike for Indigenous Rights" and for the adoption of the current text of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to the UN Session during this week.

Send faxes to: ++ 41 22 917 00 79 (DoCip, for logistic support)

E-mails to: indigenousolidarity@yahoo.com

To have your support letter posted on the IITC web page, also send it to: iitc@e-w-t.net, with "to post" in the subject line.

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GREVE DE LA FAIM PAR DES REPRESENTANTS DES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES AUX NATIONS UNIES!

Aujourd'hui, lundi 29 novembre 2004 à 11h, nous, délégués des Peuples Autochtones, entamons une grève de la faim et un jeûne spirituel à l'intérieur du Palais des Nations à Genève, durant cette 3ème semaine de la 10ème session du Groupe de Travail Intersession sur le Projet de Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones.

Envoyez l'expression de votre solidarité de Peuples Autochtones et de partisans de la «Grève de la faim pour les Droits des Autochtones» et pour l'adoption du texte actuel du projet de Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Peuples Autochtones à la Session des Nations Unies cette semaine.

Envoyez vos faxs à : ++ 41 22 917 00 79 (DoCip, en soutien logistique)

Envoyez vos E-mails à : indigenousolidarity@yahoo.com

Pour avoir votre lettre de soutien publiée sur le site web du IITC, envoyez aussi votre message à iitc@e-w-t.net, avec "to post" comme sujet de votre e-mail.

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!HUELGA DE HAMBRE DE REPRESENTANTES DE PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS EN LAS NACIONES UNIDAS!

 

Hoy, 29 de noviembre de 2004, siendo las 11 de la mañana, nosotros delegados de los pueblos indígenas nos declaramos en huelga de hambre y ayuno espiritual dentro de las Naciones Unidas Palacio de Naciones en Ginebra, durante esta tercera semana de la décima sesión del grupo de trabajo sobre el Proyecto de Declaración de Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas.

Envien muestras de solidaridad por parte de Pueblos Indígenas y por todos los simpatizantes apoyando la "huelga de hambre por los derechos de los Pueblos Indigenas", y por la adopción del texto actual del Proyecto de Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas a la Sesión de la ONU durante esta semana.

Mandar fax a: ++ 41 22 917 00 79 (DoCip, apoyo logistico)

Correos electrónicos a: indigenousolidarity@yahoo.com

 

Para tener su carta en la pagina Web de la Organización IITC, envíelo a: iitc@e-w-t.net, con "to post" en la línea sujeta.