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Resolving Grievances

Resolving Grievances

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Published by Jay Taber
New conditions on consultation are needed for indigenous nations and modern states.
New conditions on consultation are needed for indigenous nations and modern states.

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Published by: Jay Taber on Jun 23, 2013
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Resolving grievances: Eliminatingviolence against indigenous nations
ByJay Taber • Jun 22, 2013June 11, 2013 - S. James Anaya, Speaking at the WCIP Global Preparatory Meeting inAlta, Norway (Photo: Ben Powless, Global Coordinating Group Media Team)While consultations between indigenous nations and modern states worldwide — mostlyover resource extraction and development proposals — are in the news, little has beensaid about conditions for consultations. Since states and corporations are seeking to lendthe appearance of meeting the
 free, prior and informed consent 
standard set by the UNDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, it might seem reasonable thatindigenous nations place conditions on how these consultations are conducted.In Peru, indigenous peoples recentlywithdrew from a consultation until the state addressed longstanding items of neglect, the logic being that if the state cannot resolveexisting grievances over health, education and the environment, then why should

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