James Anaya to Barents Indigenous Peoples conference
Dr. James Anaya, United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will open the conference Indigenous Peoples, Business & Environment 2012 with a key note speech on indigenous peoples rights and corporations.
Dr. James Anaya is the key note speaker at the conference Indigenous Peoples, Business & Environment 2012. Photo: Christina Henriksen
In 2008,Dr. Anaya was appointed United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and has since then reported on the situation of indigenous peoples worldwide.
The conferance takes place in the Norwegian border town of Kirkenes, on February 9. Dr. Anaya will focus on indigenous peoples’ rights and international corporations.
Indigenous peoples from the entire Barents Region will attend the conference, which preceds the 2nd Barents Indigenous Peoples’ Congress, gathering 50 Nenets, Saami and Veps delegates from Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, and invited guests on February 10.
In 2010, Dr. Anaya reported on the situation for indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation, after having visited several areas and met indigenous peoples and public officials in Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Beloyarsk, Khanty-Mansisk and Moscow.