Tuesday, May 28, 2013

African Caucus Meets with UN Special Rapporteur

Prof James Anaya
Photo Credit: UN
During the twelfth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held in New York, representatives of indigenous peoples and organisations may request a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur, Prof James Anaya, concerning matters falling within his mandate.
On Monday, 20 May 2013, on acceptance of their request for a meeting, the Southern African delegation of the African Caucus, accompanied by the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), represented by Mr Delme Cupido, and the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC), represented by Mr Joram Usep, met with Prof Anaya.  The meeting took place in the United Nations building before the opening of the Twelfth Session of the UNPFII.
Among the delegation was the Chairperson of the National Khoisan Council (NKC), Mr Cecil Le Fleur, who raised the concerns of the Khoi-San peoples in South Africa, in particular, the lack of implementation of the recommendations made to the South African government in 2005 by Prof Anaya’s predecessor, Prof Rodolfo Stavenhagen.   At the conclusion of the meeting, Prof Anaya asked that the NKC put together a report on these concerns which he will consider and take up with the South African government. 

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