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Indigenous rights / Individual and group rights
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.
Permanent Forum on Aboriginal Issues
The focus on indigenous issues led in 2000 to the creation of a Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council. Comprised of 16 members, this 16-member body, where indigenous experts sit at a level of parity with government-appointed experts, provides advisory services to the Economic and Social Council, helps coordinate the activities of the and examines indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, education, the environment, health and human rights.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
On 29 June 2006, the Human Rights Council adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was endorsed by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007.
The Declaration establishes the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, including those relating to culture, identity, language, employment, health and education.
It stresses the right of indigenous peoples to perpetuate and strengthen their institutions, culture and traditions and promote their development according to their aspirations and needs.
It also prohibits any form of discrimination against them and encourages their full and effective participation in all decisions of interest to them, including their right to maintain their integrity as a separate people and to freely ensure their economic and social development.
The Firm’s expertise
- The law Firm participates in the development of Soft Law’s names for indigenous and indigenous peoples and defends the interests of certain peoples and tribes, in Europe and elsewhere, including the Evenks of the Autonomous Republic of Buryatia in Eastern Siberia , or the Indians of the Mattakeeset Tribe of the State of Massachusetts, in the United States of America.
As part of his volunteer duties for the UAE (Union of European Lawyers) in the Council of Europe’s Conference of International Non-Governmental Organizations(OINGs), he was actively involved in the normative work of the OING Conference on this important topic by organizing a side event and co-authoring the CONF/PLE Recommendation(2017)REC2 on the subject, underscoring the need for implementation and accountability in this area available on the Following link.
- From 5 to 20 May 2016, Mr. THUAN Dit DIEUDONNÉ participated in the 15th United Nations Permament Forum, in New York, USA, on the rights of indigenous peoples, and defended the rights of the EVENK people of Eastern Siberia against the Russian Federation. See the Forum Agenda: See the PDF
- Similarly, from 19 to 22 October 2016, Mr. THUAN Dit DIEUDONNÉ intervened at the WORLD ENERGY FORUM 2016 in NEW YORK, as a panelist at the request of the United Indigenous Peoples and Tribes of the World, on the right of access to Energy Resources and fundamental rights. He was then awarded the “Peace and Culture of Harmony Award.”