Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Indigenous Peoples

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Civil Society and Social Actors in Preparation for the 46° OAS General Assembly: Indigenous Peoples

“Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”

WORKING GROUP – INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

The Section of Relations with Civil Society of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity and the Department of Summits Follow-up welcome you to the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples of the Virtual Hemispheric Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors in preparation for the 46th regular session of the OAS General Assembly which will take place on June 13 - 15, 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

  1.  Encourage a negotiation process of the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo that takes into account the perspective of Indigenous Peoples and other social actors;
  2. Facilitate the dialogue and exchange of experiences between a larger and more representative group of civil society organizations, social actors and workers in the hemisphere who work on the topic of Indigenous Peoples;
  3. Draft a document of recommendations from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples on the Draft Declaration of Santo Domingo to be submitted to the consideration of Member States in the CISC;
  4. Formulate questions that will be directed to the Secretary General of the OAS in the Dialogue that will be held in Santo Domingo.  

This Working Group will be moderated by Roberto Rojas, of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity who will guide the discussion, respond to comments and provide support for the formulation of recommendations. 

Principles:

Recognition and respect for diversity: The participation of civil society entails the recognition of the legitimacy of diverse perspectives and interest regarding the subject that is being addressed.

Transparency and access to information: The objectives, scope, process and results of this Forum will be of public knowledge.

Additionally, the right to Freedom of Expression will be guaranteed: participants will have the right to express their positions and proposals freely, in a manner that is cordial, tolerant and respectful to other points of view. 

Methodology: 

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, exchange experiences and issue recommendations on the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.

- Civil Society Organizations and social actors participating in this Forum should select one (1) working group that corresponds to the area your organization works on.

- The moderator will:

  • Direct and stimulate the discussions between participants.
  • Answer any question presented in the space.
  • Support the drafting of the document of recommendations. 
  • Collect the questions that the participants want to ask the Secretary General at the Conversation. 

The moderator will ensure that:

  • The recommendations on the Draft Declaration are constructive, to the point, and in relation to the contents of the Draft Declaration of the General Assembly.
  • The diversity of postures and opinions is faithfully reflected in the document.

- The methodology for the formulation of recommendations will also seek to ensure that:

  • All postures will be treated in the same manner. 
  • As such, mechanism of consensus or vote that seek to favor some postures and silence others will not be used.
  • Positions expressed in the document will not be qualified as majority or minority positions.
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rrojas
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Welcome to everyone

 

Welcome  everyone to Virtual Forum in preparation for the 46th General Assembly of the OAS!

My name is  Roberto Rojas and I am the  Section Chief of the  Groups in Situations of Vulnerability Section of  Department Inclusion of the OAS.

 I will moderate this forum to facilitate the dialogue, collect the questions that you want to submit to the Secretary General at the colloquium and support the drafting of the document of recommendations.

It will be a pleasure to meet  you and exchange ideas.

Fraternal greetings,

Roberto

goxley
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Hi

Hi Robert,

My name is Gale mohammed-Oxley from Trinidad and Tobago, Antillean Caribbean. It is a pity I am limited to one forum but I choose this forum as most of my work has been through this forum.

My suggestions to this declaration is: it carries a peaceful tone.

It needs to include in its preamble the recall of the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. In para. 5 to include Article 5 of the implementation of the provisions included in the UN declaration on the rights of the IP,

Omit article 6 as it shows bias towards women only. Have the article one include harmonious and fostering peaceful relationships  within these institutions. 

Article 16 should have the word -  'differences' rather than 'conflict'.  

Article 24 to include transnational and international after multisector.

Notes to include The UN declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.

All in all I believe it is a workable document and we can test its resilience for the next two years before the next summit.

All the best,

Gale

centro guadalupe
on the rights of persons from indigenous cultures

The Guadalupe Center for LIfe and Family in Puerto Rico submits the following paragrah for inclusion in the document: "40. The rights of persons from indigenous cultures have a right to be recognized in the first and most important of human rights: the right to life from conception to natural death. No person from an indigenous culture should be told that they must accept contraception and abortion in order to achieve development. Development always being with the right to life and with a culture of life."

 

 

 

goxley
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Good point

Good point centro guadalupe.

The problems is that this point should have gone to the human rights forum. The secretariat needs to have standardized guidelines for postings as I would have prefered to addd my post to the Human Rights or Democracy forum, but it may be lost.

Hope we can be better focuesed in the future.

Gale

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