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Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in International Uranium Issues, MASE in the News

UN officials hear complaints of indigenous rights being ignored

UN officials hear complaints of indigenous rights being ignored

Testimony: Native input lacking on developments

UN officials hear complaints of indigenous rights being ignored

By Kathy Helms    March 4, 2017

Cibola County Bureau cibola@gallupindependent.com

ALBUQUERQUE — The concept of “free, prior and informed consent” referred to in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is basically not worth the paper it’s written on when it comes to energy development on tribal lands, according to testimonies presented last week to U.N. Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

Tauli-Corpuz and her associate Hee-Kyong Yoo listened for hours as presenters pointed to examples where “meaningful consultation” between the United States and tribal governments was sadly lacking. The regional indigenous consultation, hosted Feb. 25 by the University of New Mexico School of Law, was part of a series of U.S. consultations examining the situation of indigenous people related to energy development.

“The special rapporteur’s topic is a timely and encouraging reminder that the human rights of indigenous peoples within the United States are subject to international scrutiny,” Christine Zuni Cruz, assistant dean at the UNM School of Law, said.

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