REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP OF EXPERTS ON PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT ON ITS MISSION TO CANADA : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
There has been a long history of resistance and resilience by African Nova Scotians
and they have developed a distinct culture, traditions and social and political practices.6
15. (...) On 1
June 2017, the Government passed Bill 114, the Anti-Racism Act, which recognizes the
distinct nature of anti-Black racism and the need to address it on an ongoing basis. (...) On 21 February 2017, the Government of Ontario formally recognized the
International Decade for People of African Descent and acknowledged that people of
African descent represented a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS ISSUES : REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, RODOLFO STAVENHAGEN : ADDENDUM
Maori possess a rich and vibrant cultural tradition,
expressed through their close spiritual links with the land and the sea, a carefully maintained oral
history, distinct forms of social organization and cultural values, as well as a variety of material
and performing arts. (...) There is a continuing
controversy regarding the interpretation of the text in its two distinct language versions, English
and Maori, which has led to disputed meanings of the notion of “sovereignty” in the Treaty. (...) The Crown
could recognize in such settlements that it has legally enforceable obligations to tribal collectives
as citizens who possess a distinct composite of inherent and inalienable rights.
REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON MINORITY ISSUES, GAY MCDOUGALL : ADDENDUM
However, consistent with the
ethnic divisions and rivalries which are a feature of Guyanese society, ethnic groups perceive its
history and historical events differently and may have distinct readings and interpretations of
them. Space does not allow for a sufficiently comprehensive analysis here. (...) Guyana prides itself on the process and the comprehensive
nature of the constitutional reform as being the most distinct in the Caribbean region. Of note is
that the human rights section of the Constitution is entrenched and any person can go to the
courts on a constitutional motion on any perceived or real violation of their human rights.
34. (...) Commentators noted that
historically there had been a greater ethnic mix but that distinct ethnic enclaves had emerged
from the social unrest of the 1960s onwards.
NOTE VERBALE DATED 2008/02/26 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF CUBA ADDRESSED TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SECRETARIAT
The livestock, agricultural and fisheries sectors, all of which are closely linked to the
realization of the right to food, have been key objectives insofar as the impact of the undeclared
war being waged by the United States of America against Cuba, including the use of biological
attacks, is concerned.
12. (...) As
noted in the Special Rapporteur’s report, the phenomenon of so-called internal migration in Cuba
has very distinct features that distinguish it from the patterns that traditionally occur in other
(f) Cuba guarantees that all Cubans without exception have access to a basic basket of
subsidized foodstuffs, which is allocated to every Cuban at his or her place of residence.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES ON HER VISIT TO AUSTRALIA : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Today, indigenous peoples are estimated to constitute approximately 3 per cent of
the Australian population, or 670,000 individuals. More than 400 distinct indigenous
Australian peoples have been identified through their ancestral languages. (...) The Strategy has effectively undermined the key role played by indigenous
organizations in providing services for their communities. (...) The application of a compulsory income management scheme was a key feature of
the “Northern Territory Intervention” and persist through its successor, the “Stronger
REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE ISSUE OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN IN LAW AND IN PRACTICE : ADDENDUM
In 1985, Tunisia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women, although with reservations on several key provisions,
including on inheritance and the transfer of nationality to children, reflecting the increasing
compromises Bourguiba was making as his political power waned. (...) This principle has been discussed in connection with other key provisions, namely
those which refer to Islam as the religion of the State and to human rights. (...) This
ministry also holds the authority to receive human rights complaints, alongside HCHRFF,
which raises the need to articulate the distinct jurisdiction of each institution, together with
the areas of collaboration and synergy, and to communicate this clearly to the public,
including women facing multiple forms of discrimination.
REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHT TO FOOD, OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER : ADDENDUM
The Economic Transformation Programme focuses on 12 national key economic
areas, identified as particularly important to economic growth. These key areas include
palm oil and agriculture. The Government Transformation Programme identifies seven
national key results areas, assigning lead responsibilities on each result area to individual
ministries. (...) Ensuring in law access to decent work and a living wage is a key factor for families
and individuals who rely on an earned income to meet their food needs.
NOTES VERBALES DATED 2009/03/11 AND 2009/03/12 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNING THE REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON MINORITY ISSUES, MS. GAY MCDOUGALL
Amerindian population is made up of nine distinct groups with their separate languages. Whilst
English is the official language, Creole (a mele of “pidjin” English, some retained memory of
African languages, French, Dutch and Hindi) is also spoken.
(...) The advocacy made for
shared governance flies in the face of the comprehensive provisions of the Constitution, and,
ignores the fact that the Leader of the Opposition, a constitutionally protected post, has a veto on
the appointment of key constitutional post holders.
The State Party can only offer any rationale for this inexplicable approach based on the Expert’s
lack of experience in comparable multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies such as
Trinidad and Suriname in this Region.
(...) The State Party has the distinct impression from this report that Independent Expert did not meet
the Ethnic Relations Commission, one of the constitutional HR Commissions, established
through a consensual parliamentary process.
REPORT OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY TO THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
Achievements during the Reporting Period ................................................................... 20
c. GEF Support for Key Mitigation Sectors ....................................................................... 22
d. (...) The transfer of low-carbon and climate-resilient technologies has been a key cross-cutting theme for the GEF since
its establishment, and the GEF continues to support the technology transfer activities. (...) For
adaptation, projects financed under the LDCF and the SCCF consistently include distinct components for capacity
building, in addition to capacity building activities embedded under other components.
VISIT TO LESOTHO :REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION
The lack of
adequate water and sanitation services constitutes a key additional layer of vulnerability.
B. Water and sanitation: a bottleneck for human development
6. (...) Additionally, water and sanitation as a key determinant of health are closely
linked to article 27 of the Constitution and the principle of non-discrimination is
highlighted in article 26. (...) Water and sanitation go hand in hand, and the rights to water and sanitation are
distinct but interrelated rights. The Special Rapporteur observed that where water and toilet
provisions were adequate, hygiene lagged behind.