African States to meet with Global Indigenous Caucus on Declaration text
10 Sep 2007
IPACC's delegates in New York City for the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples report that African diplomats will be meeting with the Global Indigenous Caucus representatives today to agree on a mutually acceptable set of amendments to the Declaration which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2006.
The Africa Group of states, led by Namibia, caused chaos at the UN in November 2006 when they asked the General Assembly for a delay to study the Declaration text which they had already approved at the Human Rights Council. The Africa Group then submitted a series of unusual amendments which ran counter to the African Charter and the reports and advice of the African Commission on Human Peoples Rights.
Since May, with intensive lobbying by IPACC delegates, the African Group has found a compromise text which is acceptable to the proposing states and the indigenous global caucus.
IPACC is represented in New York by Vice Chairperson Vital Bambanze of Burundi, Chair of Tin Hinan, Mme Saoudata Aboubacrine of Burkina Faso, and IPACC Trustee and human rights lawyer, Adele Wildschut.