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Parliamentary questions
14 September 2018
E-003910/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission

The EU is a staunch supporter of the efforts of the United Nations (UN) in defending the rights of indigenous peoples as proclaimed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The EU participates in, and contributes actively to, all UN fora where indigenous issues are being discussed. This includes in particular the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council as well as the specific UN Mechanisms on indigenous peoples.

We also support financially the participation of indigenous peoples so that they can take part fully and effectively in meetings at the UN where their rights are being discussed. Furthermore, the EU is increasingly being called to apply all its external action tools in responding to the risks and violence that indigenous peoples are experiencing in defending their rights in context of land grabbing, climate change and environmental degradation.

As a result, we are responding to a growing number of requests to assist indigenous human rights defenders through the Emergency Fund for Human Rights Defenders at Risk and the ‘protectdefenders.eu’, funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. Moreover, in the coming months, EUR 5 million will be granted under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights to human rights defenders and organisations who work on those pertinent issues.

In line with the Council Conclusions on Indigenous Peoples adopted in May 2017, the EU will continue to enhance dialogues with indigenous peoples, the United Nations and our partner countries in ensuring that the EU’s commitments to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the Outcome document of the 2014 United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples are taken into account in our external action, including in our development cooperation.

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice