Indigenous Leaders and Academics request the Texas-Mexico Border Wall be reviewed by UN CERD (80th Session) under Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures

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Indigenous leaders and faculty of the Human Rights Clinic, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin and  Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan will give public statements and discuss the international and Indigenous law analysis of the Texas-Mexico Border Wall under the Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedures of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (80th Session).


Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada— UBC Okanagan Indigenous Studies professor, Dr. Margo Tamez will host an international telephonic press conference and will be joined by Indigenous leaders from the Texas-Mexico border region and Professor Ariel Dulitzky, Director of the Human Rights Clinic, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:00 PST.  The group will discuss the 9-month long collaborative study of the Texas-Mexico border wall from the international human rights and Indigenous rights principles and the submission of the legal brief to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (80th Session).

 On May 10, 2012, Tamez and Dulitzky submitted their 134-page legal analysis of the Texas-Mexico border wall to the UN CERD, calling for international intervention due to the border wall’s severe discriminatory impacts upon Native Americans, Native Mexican Americans, Indigenous Peoples and poor Latinos.  
 
What:  Indigenous leaders and law and Indigenous Studies faculty to speak about UN CERD submission on Texas-Mexico Border Wall
 
When:  May 30, 2012, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. PST
 
Where:  Telephonic
                        Dial in #: 1-877-807-8664, x 78664
                        Participant Code: 0155788

 

  • Only 26 phone lines will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
  •  Members of the press are strongly advised to dial in promptly at 10:00 PST. for the 15-minute, pre-press conference  instructions and introductions.
  • The press-conference service will conclude promptly at 12:00 noon PST.

Why:  To inform and educate the public about the human rights, international law and Indigenous legal principles relative to the Texas-Mexico border wall.  To invite open discussion about the severe harms suffered by Indigenous and poor Latino peoples as a direct consequence of the United States’ border wall policy and its negative human, cultural, ecological, and economic impacts.  To illuminate the myriad ways that harms are dominantly shouldered by Indigenous and poor Latino peoples without redress, remedy or restitution and contradicts the principles of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and international law.
 
For more information contact (in English) Dr. Margo Tamez at 250-807-9837 or margo.tamez@ubc.ca  or
(en Español) Ms. Laura Rivas at lrivas@nnirr.org 510-465-1984, Ext 304, or 510-282-2500.
 
Full Press Release (Spanish) available here.

Full Press Release (English) available here.

134-page report submitted to UN CERD available here.