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UN Special Rapporteur publishes report on indigenous peoples of Russia

The Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, has made public his report on the situation of indigenous peoples in the Russian Federation, which follows a visit to the country from 4 to 16 October 2009.

In the report, the Special Rapporteur welcomes initiatives undertaken by the federal and some regional governments to improve the living conditions of indigenous peoples and to advancing their cultures and participation in decision-making. Still, he writes, further efforts are needed to ensure that the existing laws are fully and consistently implemented throughout Russia and for all indigenous peoples, and to ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights, especially to lands and resources, consultation, and participation at the municipal, regional and federal levels, are fully respected.

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