Joint Submission to the draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to CESCR submitted

IWGIA and AIPP submission on the draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights -

Submitted to CESCR 11-08-2021

IWGIA and AIPP welcome the opportunity to make comments and inputs to the draft general comment on Land and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The right to land is fundamental for the livelihoods, food security, identity and very survival of the world's more than 450 million Indigenous People, and it is therefore very important that the unique dimensions of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights feature clearly in the general comment. While some references to Indigenous Peoples are made in the draft document, IWGIA and AIPP believe that these should be strengthened and further developed.

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Sumak Kawsac Sacha Allpa: the territory of the Kichwa People of the Anzu River in Ecuador

BY ALFREDO VITERY GUALINGA

As an autonomous people from the Ecuadorian Upper Amazon, they organize their community life under the principles of the Sumak Kawsay. At the same time, they are undergoing a renovation and strengthening process in their organization to be able to fully exercise their rights. Their main concern is to protect their territory: their forest, their water, and their ways of life in harmony with their surroundings.

Photo: Jorge Ruiz. 

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New alarming UN climate change report coincides with the World Indigenous Peoples Day

Press release - New alarming UN climate change report coincides with the World Indigenous Peoples Day

 9 August 2021

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today published part one of its Sixth Assessment Report. It observes that green house gas concentrations are “unequivocally caused by human activities” and that already all regions of the world are impacted by the effects of climate change.
  • The human rights organisation International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) expresses deep concern. It is telling that the report’s release coincides with the World Indigenous Peoples Day as Indigenous Peoples around the world are at the frontline of climate action and among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
  • Indigenous Peoples are stewards of nature and have been ringing the alarm of climate change for decades. They need to be listened to in global climate action.

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UNESCO World Heritage Committee tramples on human rights

On 26 July 2021, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee passed a decision inscribing the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex (KKFC) in Thailand on the World Heritage List, ignoring repeated pleas of Indigenous peoples, the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and the UN human rights system to defer listing. IWGIA strongly objects both to the decision to inscribe the KKFC and the way this decision has come about.

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