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Catalyzing Rights and Indigenous peoples

Relevant sources: ICCPR Arts. 1(1), 2(1), 24(1), 26-27; ICESCR Art. 2(2); CRC Arts. 2(1), 17, 29(1)(d), 30; UDHR Arts. 2, 7; U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; International Labour Organisation Convention concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, No. 169

Core elements of the guarantee during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Ensure “specific measures” and “dedicated funding for indigenous peoples” are included in “pandemic contingency plans and laws” (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples)
  • Ensure ongoing consultation with indigenous communities (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples)
  • Protect human rights defenders including by not using “[e]mergency powers . . . to quash dissent or silence indigenous leaders and rights defenders” (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples)
  • Include indigenous peoples’ rights in economic and social recovery programs (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples)

Further guidance can be found here: OHCHR; UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues

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CDC COVID-19 Funding for Tribes United States

“As of June 15, 2021, CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has provided $219.5 million to tribal nations, consortia, and organizations for responding to COVID-19 across tribal communities.” Of…

Indian Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan United States

The Indian Health Service (IHS) COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan November 2020 “details how the IHS health care system will prepare for and operationalize a vaccine when it becomes available” and…

Sociocultural Guide for Prevention, Containment and Management of Cases of COVID-19 among Indigenous Peoples (Guía Sociocultural para la prevención, contención y manejo de casos COVID-19) Guatemala

The guide compiles actions suggested by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, through the Unit of Indigenous Peoples and Interculturality, to be applied in communities where inhabitants of…

Updated COVID-19 Māori Health Response Plan New Zealand

The plan “builds on the progress made by the Initial COVID-19 Māori Response Action Plan and provides an updated framework to protect, prevent, and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 within…

Court Forces Ecuador Government to Protect Indigenous Waorani during Covid-19 Ecuador

A provincial court ruling required “several government ministries to take urgent action to contain COVID-19 in Waorani territory, and protect the uncontacted Indigenous nations of Tagaeri and Taromenane, whose territory…

Revised Circular Relating to Entry into Force of the Regulations Relating to Rejection etc. of Foreign Nationals Out of Concern for Public Health Norway

While Norway’s regulations “stipulate that foreign nationals without a residence permit may be rejected for reasons of public health, due to the outbreak of the hazardous and widely infectious disease…

HHS Awards $15 Million to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in Rural Tribal Communities United States

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration “awarded $15 million to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, and other health services providers…

Multisectoral Strategy for the Protection of Indigenous Communities in the Health Emergency of COVID-19, Decree 1489 (Estrategia Multisectorial para Protección de los Pueblos Indígenas u Originarios en el Marco de la Emergencia Sanitaria por el COVID-19, Decreto 1489) Peru

Peru’s Decree 1489 sets out five actions to protect and care for indigenous or native communities within the framework of the COVID-19 health emergency in the areas of: health response,…

Indian Health Service Expanded Telehealth Services United States

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced “its expansion of telehealth across IHS federal facilities” allowing “more American Indians and Alaska Natives to access healthcare they need from their home, without…

Indigenous Community Support Fund Canada

Starting in March 2020, Canada put in place a fund that “helps Indigenous communities and organizations prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).” The fund supports the following…

Support Package for Māori Communities and Businesses through COVID-19 New Zealand

New Zealand’s plan, including its economic package, contains provisions “to support Māori communities and businesses in the face of COVID-19” including funding “targeted directly to Māori Health services,” assistance to…

Technical Guidelines for the Prevention of COVID-19 in Indigenous Territories, Version 1 (Lineamientos Técnicos para la Prevención de COVID-19 en Territorios Indígenas, Versión 1) Costa Rica

The Ministry of Health published a set of guidelines to protect indigenous populations from COVID-19 that include actions relating to communal participation in the prevention of COVID-19, communication and prevention…

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