Mission to Canada - Final Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

Friends of the Lubicon
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March 11, 2009

Located here for your information is a copy of the recently released Final Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing regarding his October 2007 mission to Canada.

Points 74-76 of Section VII (Aboriginal Peoples' Right to Adequate Housing) pertain specifically to the Special Rapporteur's field visit to Lubicon Territory and previous UN decisions regarding violation of the human rights of the Lubicon people by the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Section 76 points out that "various extractive industries -- such as the TransCanada Pipeline ...seem in contradiction with (UN) treaty bodies' recommendations and the right to self-determination and control over natural resources...and have a direct impact on the human rights" of the Lubicon people.

See also point 107 in Section X (Recommendations) which calls on Canada to place "a mortatorium...on all oil and extractive activities in the Lubicon region until a settlement" of Lubicon land rights is achieved and that "activities of private companies on Aboriginal lands -- regardless of the status of the claim -- should be carried out only with consultation and approval (underlining added) of all Aboriginal and concerned communities".

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