GENEVA – The United Nations in Geneva has announced the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, will visit Peru December 6 – 13, 2013 to analyze the situation of indigenous groups in the country, including issues related to consultation, free, prior and informed consent, and the effects of extractive industry activities on indigenous peoples in isolation and initial contact.
During the visit, Special Rapporteur Anaya plans to meet with government officials, indigenous peoples and organizations, and other interested parties to discuss the situation and rights of indigenous peoples in Peru.
He previously has visited several countries, including the United States during 2012 and Canada last month to investigate the living conditions of indigenous peoples living there.
In September 2013, Mr. Anaya weighed in on the Veronica Brown case. He cited his 2012 report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the United States, he noted that the removal and separation of American Indian children from indigenous environments is an issue of longstanding and ongoing concern.
“While past practices of removal of Indian children from their families and communities have been partially blunted by passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, this law continues to face barriers to its implementation,” Mr. Anaya stated.
Special Rapporteur Anaya is currently developing his agenda for the visit. When more information is available regarding the agenda of the Special Rapporteur, it will be published at the following web site: http://unsr.jamesanaya.org
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