Thursday, April 8, 2010

AIRRO to Host Listening Session on Human Rights Violations; Chance to Focus on Violators Like Pechanga, Redding Rancheria, Enterprise, San Pascual

AIRRO to Host Session on Human and Civil Rights
Violations in Indian Country

The American Indian Rights and Resources Organization ("AIRRO"), a Native American civil rights group, will be hosting a listening session regarding human and civil rights violations in Indian Country. The session is scheduled for April 17, 2010 in Sacramento, California. The listening session will be held at the Sacramento Native American Health Center, at 2nd Floor Community Room from 10 am to 4 pm.

The focus of the session will be to provide individuals, groups and tribes with an opportunity to testify to violations of basic human and civil rights which they may have been subjected to or which have affected their lives and communities. Those who testify will also be asked to provide feedback regarding the United States' handling of rights violations in Indian Country and offer recommendations on how the protection of basic rights can be improved.

AIRRO will compile the testimony and recommendations given at each of the sessions and prepare a report which they will submit to the Department of State, the Department of Justice, the Interior Department and the UN Human Rights Council.

If you cannot attend but wish to submit testimony or provide recommendations on how the protection of human and civil rights can be improved, please contact AIRRO at

If you or someone you know would like to provide testimony during this session, use the outline provided below as a guide in preparing your submission:

The information should include, where applicable:
Source: Name and full address of the indigenous people, organization or individual(s) submitting the information.

When and Where: Date, time and precise location of the incident (Tribe, State, region, municipality)

Victim(s) or Community Affected: Name, number and full details on the location of the indigenous people, community or individual(s) whose rights allegedly have been violated or are under threat.

What happened: Detailed circumstances of the alleged violation. If an initial event leads to others, please describe them chronologically.

What Tribal, Federal or International laws were violated: Detailed references to the law(s) which may have been violated.

Perpetrator(s): Detailed information on the person(s), groups(s), Tribe(s ) and/or organization responsible for the violation.

Action taken by State authorities: If applicable, what actions have been taken by the relevant authorities to remedy the situation? Has the matter been reported to the administrative or judicial authorities of the State concerned?

Action taken before international bodies: Has any action been initiated before any international or regional human rights organization? If so, at what stage are these other international actions?

Action taken before tribal, State, and/or federal courts: Has any action been initiated before any judicial body? If so, at what stage are these other international actions?

Loss or effect on those violated: What have been the consequences of the violations? How have those who have been violated experienced loss? Describe how the violation(s) have affected the person(s), group or community?

What can/should be done to prevent future violations?: Provide input regarding possible fix to the problem. How can future violations be prevented? What should be done on tribal, federal and/or international levels.


If you cannot make the April 17th Session, AIRRO is also hosting a session on April 24th in Temecula, CA.

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