The UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous People comes to South Africa

25 July 2005

Rodolfo Stavenhagen, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedom of indigenous people will visit South Africa from 28 July to 8 August as part of a process to prepare a comprehensive report on the UN Second Decade on Indigenous Issues. This is in response to the growing international concern regarding the marginalisation and discrimination against indigenous people worldwide.

The Special Rapporteur will be visiting South Africa to make a local assessment of the condition of indigenous communities in South Africa. This visit is at ministerial level, and as such, the Special Rapporteur will be travelling the length and breadth of the country and will engage with various Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premiers, leaders and members of various indigenous communities, as well as academic institutions. More detailed information on the visit is available at http://www.info.gov.za/events.

The critical tasks of the UN Second Decade on Indigenous Issues include the development of action-oriented programmes aimed at overcoming the challenges faced by indigenous people in areas such as culture, education, health, human rights, the environment, economic and social development.

Enquiries:

Xolani Xundu
Cell: 082 777 8079

Maureen Tong
Cell: 082 577 5565

Ronnie Mamoepa
Cell: 082 990 4853

Issued by: Government Communication and Information System

25 July 2005

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