December 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. --  The international community should be outraged by the human rights violations taking place on Rapa Nui Island, also known as "Easter Island," according to experts at the Indian Law Resource Center.


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Listen to radio interviews with Center staff on using international channels to help the Rapa Nui. 


The Center joined with many of our friends and partners in Washington, D.C.

The expansion of mining operations in the Andean Region of South America are threatening the very existence of several indigenous communities in Peru, Columbia and Bolivia. 

The Obama Administration has begun an extensive review of the UN Declaration, and although the Administration has not yet said whether adoption of the Declaration is imminent, we remain hopeful for an unqualified endorsement of the UN Declaration within the next few months.

Indian Law Resource Center staff are moving quickly to protect human rights and sacred sites of the Rapa Nui Nation, made up of approximately 36 clans living on "Easter Island." The Island is in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is a special territory of Chile, annexed in 1888.

The declaration lays out the fundamental rights of the world's indgenous peoples.

Representatives met with U.S. officials to discuss the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.