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Panel discussion on rights of indigenous peoples - 17th Meeting, 45th Regular Session Human Rights Council
23 Sep 2020 -  Annual half-day panel discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples
Theme: The protection of indigenous human rights defenders
Objectives:
The panel discussion aims:
• To assess the global trends in threats and violence against indigenous human rights defenders, including in conflict and post conflict areas
• To consider the reasons behind the use of threats and violence against indigenous human rights defenders, which some experts believe has increased in recent years
• To assess the impact of such violence on indigenous communities
• To identify good practices and current challenges in the prevention from violence and protection of indigenous human rights defenders, including indigenous led protection mechanisms, as well as in their empowerment
Chair:
H.E. Mr. Yackoley Kokou Johnson, Vice-President of the Human Rights Council
Opening statement:
Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Panellists:
• Ms. Aida Quilcué Vivas, Indigenous woman from the Nasa peoples of Colombia and Human Rights Counselor of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (video message)
• Mr. Andrew Anderson, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders (video message)
• Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Indigenous woman from the Kankanaey Igorot peoples of the Cordillera Region of the Philippines and former Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (video message)
• Mr. Joseph Itongwa, Président du conseil d’administration du Réseau des Peuples autochtones pour la gestion durable des écosystèmes forestiers en République démocratique du Congo et Directeur de l’Alliance Nationale d'Appui et de Promotion des Aires et territoires conservés par les peuples autochtones et communautés locales en République démocratique du Congo (video message)


45th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.)
SPEAKERS
-Introduction-
Ms. Nada Al-Nashif, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Aida Quilcué Vivas, the Nasa peoples of Colombia and Human Rights Counselor of the National Indigenous Organization
Mr. Andrew Anderson, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Indigenous Woman from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines and the Former Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Mr. Joseph Itongwa, Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network for the sustainable management of Forest Ecosystems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Director of the National Alliance for the support and promotion of the areas and territories conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sweden (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Anna Jardfelt
Mexico (on behalf of a Group of Countries), Ms. Alondra Lisette Mendoza Carlos
European Union, Ms. Jana Micova
Ecuador, Mr. Alejandro Dávalos Dávalos
Canada, Ms. Leslie Norton
Brazil, Mr. Sérgio Rodrigues dos Santos
UNICEF, Ms. Anne Grandjean
Pakistan, Mr. Tahir Hussain Andrabi
Ukraine, Mr. Yurii Klymenko
Colombia, Ms. Diana Patricia Mejía Molina
Ireland, Ms. Aoife Daly
Philippines, Mr. Evan P. Garcia
La Defensoría del Pueblo de Ecuador, Mr. Freddy Carrión Intriago
International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), Ms. Juliette De Raigniac
Franciscans International (Joint Statement), Ms. Maria Josefina Caal Xol
Costa Rica, Ms. Shara Duncan Villalobos
UN Women, Ms. Tanja Tuominen
Nepal, Mr. Uttam Kumar Shahi
Armenia, Mr. Arsen Kotanjyan
Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Yassine Kabbaj
Spain, Mr. Emilio Pin Godos
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Mr. Manuel Enrique García Andueza
Senegal, Mr. Amadou Dame Sall
Indonesia, Mr. Agustinus Anindityo Adi Primasto
Viet Nam, Mr. Le Quang Binh
Minority Rights Group, Mr. Daniel Kobei
Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil Conselho Federal (Joint Statement), Ms. Cristiane Soares de Soares
Conectas Direitos Humanos, Mr. Gustavo Huppes

-Final Remarks-
Ms. Aida Quilcué Vivas, the Nasa peoples of Colombia and Human Rights Counselor of the National Indigenous Organization
Mr. Andrew Anderson, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders
Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Indigenous Woman from the Kankana-ey Igorot people of the Cordillera Region in the Philippines and the Former Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Mr. Joseph Itongwa, Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network for the sustainable management of Forest Ecosystems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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