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Partitioning Sudan: Self-Determination from Genocide


January 9, 2011 will be the day on which the Peoples of the Nuba Mountains and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) will have the opportunity to realize a decades long goal.  That is the day when a United Nations sanctioned plebiscite will be conducted to decide whether the South will separate from Sudan and [&hellip... more →

US Government on UNDRIP: Yes, but No


US President Barak Obama, standing before a conference of Indian government, Alaskan Native and Hawaiian Native leaders, announced that his government “will support” the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). When that announcement was made I expressed pleasure with the decision and yet urged caution until the Department of State published [&hellip... more →

Obama Administration Endorses UNDRIP


President Barak Obama endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples three years after the United Nations General Assembly adopted UNDRIP in September 2007 and after an extensive review by the US Department of State with Indian governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals.  The US position opposing the Declaration during the previous four US [&hellip... more →

Cancun Climate: Hopeful Signs


China and India are easing their opposition to US demands for climate compliance monitoring, reporting and verification for developing countries (a long time demand of the US government) and environmental groups like the World Wildlife Fund now say the “draft text [of the treaty] provides a good basis for negotiation.” The European Union is pushing [&hellip... more →

World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference – 2014


During the last forty years since the UN Commission on Human Rights designated José Martinez Cobo as the Special Rapporteur responsible for conducting the “Study of the Problem of Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations,” and the nearly thirty years since the establishment of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations a small collection of cultural mediators [&hellip... more →

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