UN rights expert: indigenous people ‘are not the enemy’

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,  is not afraid of a fight.  As a young woman she joined the movement to protect her mountain homeland in the Philippines from major dam and logging projects.   

But now Ms. Tauli-Corpuz finds herself on the frontline of a new battle, as she told Dianne Penn in this latest episode of the UN Gender Focus podcast.

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Worsening human rights 'cyclical': UN Belarus expert

Human rights in Belarus are not improving, but rather “going from worse to worse.”

That’s the view of Miklos Harazti, Special Rapporteur on human rights in Belarus, who has been accused by the government there of ignoring positive developments and barred from entering the country.

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Modern slavery: the “dark underbelly” of globalization

No country is “immune” from the scourge of modern slavery and the path that many of its victims take “can often by very similar”.

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If one person still needs critical aid "we haven't done enough"

If one person somewhere in the world still needs critical aid “then we haven’t done enough.”

That’s the passionate view of Michael Franti, a singer-songwriter from the United States who attended last month’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

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Former Portuguese President honoured for democracy activism

Former Portuguese president Jorge Sampaio has been honoured by the United Nations for his decades of public service to the international community.

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