MISSIONS OF THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES Bolivia In response to a request from the Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues organized a multi-agency mission to visit the Department of Santa
In response to a request from the Government of the Plurinational
State of Bolivia, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
organized a multi-agency mission to visit the Department of Santa
Cruz and La Paz in April and May 2009 to verify complaints
regarding forced labour and servitude among communities of the
Guaraní people and to draw up proposals and recommendations
to ensure that the fundamental rights of persons, communities,
and indigenous peoples are respected.
2010 in UN document E/C.19/2010/6, including many
recommendations, must of them to the Government of Bolivia.
Some of the recommendation included:
The Government must, as a matter of urgency, ensure the safety and
Protection of Guaraní leaders and their defenders, and take appropriate
measures against those found to have threatened or committed acts of
violence against them.
The Permanent Forum considers the Policy for the Reconstitution of the
Territory of the Guaraní Nation of fundamental importance, and a good
example of an effective application of the United Nations Declaration on
the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Bolivian Government must ensure, including through the provision
of an adequate budget, the expeditious completion of the process of
saneamiento (land titling for indigenous peoples and the implementation of
Process of redistribution of land).
To follow up the compliance of the recommendations, the Reconstitution of the
… called upon the United Nations country team in the country and
especially OHCHR to promote the human rights of indigenous peoples
generally and, in particular, the implementation of the recommendations
contained in the report.
Paraguay Reconstitution of the
In response to a request from the Government of Paraguay, the Permanent
Forum on Indigenous Issues organized a multi-agency mission to Asunción
and Filadelfia in April 2009 to verify complaints regarding forced labour
and servitude among communities of Guaraní peoples and to draw up
proposals and recommendations to ensure that the fundamental rights
of indigenous peoples are respected.
After its visit the Forum issued its report on the mission on 21 January
2010 in UN document E/C.19/2010/5 including many recommendations,
must of them to the Government of Paraguay.
Forum concluded that:
The Permanent Forum should engage in a dialogue with the agencies of
the United Nations in Paraguay, the goal of which should be the application
of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as
well as other relevant international conventions, and the implementation
of the recommendations of the Permanent Forum by the relevant agencies.
The Permanent Forum should encourage development agencies to provide
assistance to indigenous peoples of the Chaco region, including by
supporting efforts to combat forced labour and to improve access to water,
food and basic social services, such as health care and education.
The mission urges United Nations agencies to support the Ministries of
Labour and Statistics in their continuing efforts to generate data on working
conditions among indigenous populations.
address indigenous issues, including forced labour. They should also
coordinate their efforts in support of the emergency facing the peoples of
the Chaco due to drought and should support the Government in
building a strategy for the more sustainable development of the fragile
Chaco region and its indigenous peoples.
Colombia closely to
Responding to an invitation from the Government of Colombia endorsed
by the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), the United
Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (hereinafter “the
Permanent Forum” or “the Forum”) conducted a mission to Colombia
with the support of various United Nations agencies from 5 to 9 July 2010.
The purpose of the visit was to observe the situation of indigenous peoples
that are victims of abuses related to the armed conflict and are in danger
of extinction and the situation of the Awá people.
After its visit the Forum issued its report on the mission on 11 February
2011,UN document E/C.19/2011/13 including many recommendations,
most of them to the government of Colombia.
Round-table dialogue should include follow-up on the implementation of
recommendations made by mechanisms of the United Nations system.
Recommendations on indigenous issues should not be formulated by the
United Nations system without consultation with indigenous peoples and
should always be duly implemented and put into effect with their
The Permanent Forum invites the parties to hold public meetings to follow
up on this report and other international reports during their upcoming
*Strengthen cooperation among the PFII and the UN agencies for
the compliance of the recommendations issued in its reports.
*Strengthen dialogue mechanisms at the country level between
indigenous peoples’ organizations and the UN country team.
UN agencies at the country level can provide great support
facilitating the dialogue between indigenous peoples’ organizations
and the government to ensure the compliance of the recommendations