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International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM)

Indian Council of South America (CISA)

Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition (IPNC)*     Koani Foundation*

Thursday 23 June 2016  13:00 – 14:00 Room IX

Self-determination and Trade

The right of peoples to self-determination is being eroded not only by the unsettled classic colonization and occupation, but also by the imposition of multi-national corporate trade authority created by State agreements. This is eroding the sovereignty and title of peoples to their territories through international trade agreements. Although current international standards should protect peoples against this subjugation, domination and exploitation, the imposition of corporate authority and of international trade agreements give precedence to transnational corporations and business enterprise to develop peoples’ territories without an implementable standard of protection against such encroachment. Article I of the Internationals Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and other international instruments should take precedence, in practice, the legal systems give preference to State or corporate supported development projects that dispossess and displaces and destroy the habitat of many peoples, including Indigenous Peoples. This panel will give most of its focus on the studies and reports of Professor Alfred de Zayas, the Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order and the impact of international trade agreements and their lack of protection of for developing countries and peoples.


Ambassador Ronald Barnes Moderator – Chair and Director of Indigenous Peoples and Nations Coalition; Head of Mission in Geneva for the Alaska decolonization movement.

Professor Alfred de Zayas – Independent Expert for the Democratic and International Order for the Human Rights Council, former Secretary of the Human Rights Committee.

E. Leon Kaulahao Siu – Minister of Foreign Affairs and spokesman for the Hawaiian Kingdom.

George Edwardson – Regional Leader from North of the Arctic Circle from the region of Alaska

Rania Madi – UN Legal Consultant from Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

Barrister Krishna Ahooja Patel – International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom

This will be followed by a dialogue from the floor.

Contact: Ambassador Ronald Barnes • 00 41 76 618 7873 • angull2002@yahoo.com

*These are supporting non-ECOSOC NGOs     Light Refreshments will be served

*IPNC is a Non-ECOSOC Indigenous Organization accredited to the World Conference Against Racism and the Durban Review Conference

* Koani Foundation is a Non-ECOSOC Indigenous Organization from Hawaii