September 16, 2017
Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
Declaration of Rights
We demand, in the most attentive and respectful manner, for all local, state and federal authorities to respect our right as Migrant Workers of Indigenous Peoples with Families, in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted September 13, 2017 and Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization (1989), in full assurance of our inherent and collective right to exercise the Right of Self-Determination on an equal basis with all other peoples of the world.
"Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. "
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 3
We invoke and defend the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(1948), with emphasis on article 23:
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
We invoke the principles of equality and non-discriminationas necessary criteria for any legal system of any state, and we demand equal protection within the framework of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, in all legal processes before all officials or agents of government, whether local, state, or national without prejudice and without discrimination against our Nationality as Original Nations of Indigenous Peoplesof Mother Earth.
Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth
As Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth, we are responsible for the well-being of our territories and the natural environment in all dimensions and times. We are people of time immemorial, both in memory to the past and vision of the future. As Original Nationsof Mother Earth, we have the Responsibility and Right to intervene in defense of our territories and promote a long-term solution to the looting and pollution of the environment that has produced the current global climate crisis that we all live, indigenous and non-indigenous alike.
In compliance with this Mandate of the Indigenous Peoples to be guardians of the Territorial Integrity of Mother Earth, we invoke the Cochabamba Protocolsarticulated at the World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (2010):
We call upon all our relatives through the winds, waters, earth and consciousness of humanity, generation by generation, to forge the respectful geo-political alliances necessary to realize the Decolonization of Mother Earth.
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