Friday, September 20, 2013

Owe Aku International Justice Project: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

On Friday, September 13, 2013, Owe Aku International Justice Project, on behalf of the Oyuhpa Tiyospaye of the Oglala Lakota Oyate, a band of the Lakota Nation within the Oceti Sakowin (the Seven Council Fires), submitted its report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee for the review of the United States of America under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Standing on inherent sovereignty, the right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination, the ancient traditional governance of the the Lakota tiyospaye and treaties made with foreign governments, the independent report opens with:

“While Owe Aku has observed countless US violations of Indigenous rights in the United States, especially in light of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the “Declaration”), Owe Aku’s report to the HRC will address its two central concerns: (1) the United States’ consistent failure to recognize, honor and enforce Indigenous treaty and self-determination rights, both as a matter of its municipal law and in its international positions, and (2) the propriety need for an international mechanism for vindicating Indigenous sovereign and treaty rights. The Rights set forth in the Declaration are consistent with those set forth in the ICCPR.”

Submission here:  ICCPRFinal.pdf

Owe Aku International Justice Project
Advocate for Lakota Treaties & Mother Earth

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