Me Gregory Thuan dit Dieudonné is invited to the World Energy Forum 2016 in New York, which is held at the United Nations headquarters, from October 19 to 22, 2016, bringing together world leaders in the energy field (heads of state and government, international organizations, corporations and private actors). He will be speaking as a…
The law firm THUAN Dit DIEUDONNÉ has for several years developed a particular expertise in defending the rights of indigenous and indigenous peoples.
It is before the specialized bodies of the United Nations that this developing right can be usefully defended (Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Expert Mechanism, High Commissioner for Human Rights, Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Council Human Rights Committee), but also in Europe (Council of Europe, European Union – Foreign Policy) in Africa (African Union) and South America (Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights).
The United Nations has become increasingly committed to the cause of indigenous peoples, who are believed to be among the most disadvantaged human groups in the world. These populations, also known as the “first peoples,” tribal or aboriginal, constitute at least 5,000 human groups representing 370 million people who live in more than 70 countries on five continents.
Excluded from decision-making processes, many were marginalized, exploited, forcibly assimilated and subjected to repression, torture and murder when they spoke out to defend their rights. For fear of persecution, they often seek refuge abroad where they sometimes have to silence their identity and renounce their traditional language and customs.