Special Rapporteur to meet with area Indigenous residents at NDOT, Feb. 24


Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People Victoria Tauli-Corpuz will be making her visit to the Navajo Nation on Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said, Tauli-Corpuz would meet with citizens of the surrounding area and gather their testimony on what effects energy development has had on Indigenous peoples of the U.S. at the Senator John Pinto Building, Navajo Division of Transportation in Tse Bonito, New Mexico, to meet with participants.

The UN was founded in 1945 to confront issues impacting human rights, climate change and health emergencies.

According to the UN’s website, Tauli-Corpuz is an Indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot People of the Cordillera in the Philippines. The Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People is also an advocate of women’s rights in her country, as well as a human rights expert. Tauli-Corpuz is the founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Center for Policy Research and Education).

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