Oral Statements delivered at the UN Human Rights Council
Franciscans International (FI) encouraged the Government of Argentina to respect the rights indigenous peoples to participation and consultation, which should be implemented in compliance with ILO Convention 169. FI regretted that the current policy efforts in Argentina do not adequately address these issues, particularly with respect to the granting of communal land titles and the guarantee of property and participation rights.
Franciscans International (FI) a attiré l’attention du Conseil des droits de l’homme en mars 2013 sur le phénomène de l’infanticide rituel. FI est encore très préoccupé par ces pratiques consistant à tuer ou exclure de la société des enfants dont les naissances sont considérées comme anormales. FI a demandé au gouvernement du Bénin de renforcer la protection des enfants survivants à travers l’amélioration des capacités existantes, la construction de centres d'accueils et la protection juridique et sociale adéquate des enfants et des mères harcelées et discriminées par ces pratiques.
Many children in Pakistan are deprived of their right to education, due to insufficient funds to provide compulsory primary education, the gender imbalance against girls and discrimination against children from religious, ethnic and scheduled caste minorities. Franciscans International (FI) also noted its concern that corporal punishment still remains rampant in schools throughout the country. Therefore, FI urged the Government of Pakistan to implement a new curriculum that ensures that children, especially girls and children from religious and ethnic minorities are not discriminated against.
Franciscans International (FI) urged the Government of Peru to ensure that the activities of mining and extractive industries do not challenge the health and livelihoods of local communities and that indigenous peoples and peasant communities should be involved in the implementation and planning of mining projects, with transparency and access to information in the evaluation of the impact of projects aimed at eradicating poverty.
Impact of mining on Indigenous Peoples in Indonesia
Franciscans International (FI) endorsed the view of the UN Independent Expert on human rights and environment on the particular risk of the environmental damage for the indigenous peoples caused by the extractive business activities. FI proposed the Independent Expert to focus his work on the impact of extractive industry, logging and agribusiness to the full enjoyment of human rights, especially the vulnerable groups and the state obligations to guarantee the right to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.
Human Rights Situation in Papua
A wave of persecution against political activists under the cover of anti-terrorism measures since summer 2012 has resulted in arbitrary arrests and fabrication of charges with the aim to silence political activists and human rights defenders in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia. Franciscans International (FI) urged the Government of Indonesia to actively engage into the peaceful dialogue under neutral mediation as demanded to Jakarta by Papuan peace activists and non-indigenous residents in the Papuan provinces as a way to find a sustainable solution for all people living in Papua.