Safe Women, Strong Nations

Sen. Akaka meets with the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Native Women

On March 6, 2012, the NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Women, including board members of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and attorneys for the Indian Law Resource Center, met with Senator Daniel Akaka, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, to thank him for sponsoring the SAVE Native Women Act, S. 1763, and co-sponsoring the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S. 1925.  Both bills contain significant tribal and life-saving provisions critical for restoring safety to Native women.

Using the Declaration to End Violence Against Native Women

by Jana Walker - Despite some strides in addressing violence against Native women, there is no doubt United States law falls far short of even the minimum human rights standards set forth in the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples.  Considering the United States’ trust responsibility to Indian nations, coupled with the standards in the Declaration, it is imperative that the U.S. act now to end the epidemic of violence against Native women.

U.S. Admits Violence Against Native Women is a Human Rights Issue

For the first time, the United States will participate in a Universal Periodic Report before the UN Human Rights Council.  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process to review the human rights records of all 192 UN member-states every four years.  Its ultimate goal is to improve human rights conditions in every country and it is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground.

Educating Special Rapporteurs about Violence Against Native Women

     Both the UN and Inter-American Human Rights Systems use special procedures to address specific human rights concerns.  The appointment of a Special Rapporteur is the most common special procedure used in both systems.  In the UN system, the Human Rights Council appoints Special Rapporteurs to collect information on specific topics or countries and receive communications about human rights concerns.  Special Rapporteurs are mandated to gather information on and formulate recommendations for the prevention and remedy of violations on human rights.  Three UN Special Rapporteurs deal direc

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