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World Council of Indigenous Peoples Second General Assembly Kiruna...

By: Kiruna Samilan

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: We have surveyed those areas which were invaded by the Europeans. To make their intrusion they used various means: direct or indirect violence, fraud and manipulation. These were the methods they used to occupy the land of the indigenous populations and acquire titles to such property which was rightfully owned by the aboriginals. These infamous conditions still prevail as of today, without any consideration to the fundamental declarations of the United Nations on Human Rights.

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Indigenous Peoples Fishing Rights and Responsibilities

By: George Manuel

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: In the religions of many peoples who are indigenous to territories and lands of the world, there is the belief that human beings are thinking, acting and growing individuals with souls or spirits. This belief also extends to animals and plants that fill our environment. Even the different phenomena in nature -- the sun and the moon which run from East to West, water which gives life, snow which comes and disappears again, volcanoes which rumble and fill the air ...

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The Formation of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples

By: John H. Burrows

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: Colonialism is an international activity and the foundations of international law were developed in the period of western European colonial expansion. Yet, once European sovereignty had been established over various parts of the world, each European colonial power regarded the affairs of the colonized area as domestic and internal. This mean. that indigenous rights were to be governed solely by the political and legal system of the particular colonial power.

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Nigeria's Drilling Fields Shell Oil's Role in Repression

By: Steve Kretzmann

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: In the early hours of Sunday, May 22, 1994, the Nigerian military and police dragged Kenule Saro-Wiwa, author and campaigner for human and environmental rights, from his bed. Saro-Wiwa knew it was coming. He had been arrested at least a half dozen times before, but this time was clearly going to be different. Eight months later, he is still being held without formal charge, and is under the threat of execution.

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United Nations the Systematic Depopulation of Southern Sudan

By: Dr. Deng Dongrin Akuany

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: On behalf of the people of Southern Sudan, may I thank you all for giving me this great opportunity to deliver this speech to the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations 11th Session, in order to enlighten you on the current systematic depopulation of Southern Sudan and other regions by the Islamic Fundamentalist fascist and racist regime of General Omer Bashir and Dr. Hassan el Turabi in the Sudan.

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Tuaregs, A Threatened People

By: Survie Touaregue

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: The Tuaregs occupied the Central Sahara area which by the process of colonization has been divided up amongst Algeria, Lybia, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the Situation Concerning Wester...

By: dolph C. Ryser

Government Reference and International Publications of the Center For World Indigenous Studies :

Excerpt: In its resolution 809 (1993) the Security Council asked me to report before the end of May 1993 on the results of specific steps which it invited me to take with a view to expediting the implementation of the Settlement Plan. For reasons explained below, I believe it might be better to present such a report in July 1993. In the interim, the present status report summarizes the progress of my efforts to date.

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