Saturday, July 19, 2014

Prerogatives of the Peoples: Principles and Demands

Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio
 Human Rights Commission

Prerogatives of the Peoples
Principles and Demands

The right of representation in the affairs of public government is one of the fundamental pillars of democracy.  In terms of US immigration law and policy, without the legitimate representation of the constituency, especially those peoples among the constituents most impacted by subsequent policies, there can be no hope for justice in any legislation which may be brought forward to be adopted in law.

In today’s times, when so much inhumanity, racism and political animosity clouds the debate on what principles should guide a “just” immigration policy for the US government, we of the Comités de Defensa del Barrio are determined to bring forward into the public discussion on this issue, the perspective of our families, communities, and organizations of Indigenous Peoples.

Prerogative of the Peoples

§  As Indigenous Peoples, we are equal to all other peoples.  The recognition of equality is fundamental to the respect for all Human Rights, as has been articulated in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), but only since the adoption on September 13, 2007 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has this recognition of equality been the extended to Indigenous Peoples as a standard for law and policy for all governments and constituencies of the United Nations around the world.

§  As Indigenous Peoples, we are not immigrants in our own continent.  While the issue of international borders of the states and the Human Rights and Territorial Rights of the Nation of Indigenous Peoples is a crtitical issue across the globe, in this continent of Abya Yala [the Americas] we face a distinct and particular challenge in addressing the violation of our collective rights as Indigenous Peoples in this regard, since the normalization of these systemic violations has been institutionalized al all levels of law and policy across the continent by the Doctrine of Discovery of 1492.

§  While the issue of US Border Enforcement policies in all aspects is the frame of reference for the ongoing debate on “comprehensive immigration reform” in the US Congress, there has been no substantive acknowledgement of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the deliberations on public policy, such as the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Migrant Workers and their Families, under United Nations Convention 169 of the International Labor Organization, or the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).

§  Presently, most of the attention and public vitriol in the US on these issues that has focused on the situation at the US-Mexico border, is in reality simply the reassertion in the public media-sphere of the continuation of the racist ideology of the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny (1845), which first legitimized the acquisition by “any means necessary” of the territory of the state of Texas, and then in cultural blitzkrieg of genocide across the continent resulted in the present border agreement between the two countries officialized by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848.  At no time in the entire history of these developments, from 1845 to 2014, has the position of the Nations of Indigenous Peoples on either side of the border been integrated with Equality as Peoples into the legislative debates regarding border enforcement policies.  NO LEGISLATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

§ In context of the above, we are called to address the “humanitarian crisis” of the surge of unaccompanied minors and families being detained and deported by ICE as we speak in violation of due process, in violation of International Law, and in denial of the direct US government complicity by political, economic, and military intervention in the countries of origin such as Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.  We call for justice.  We call upon the Spirit of Humanity, In Nelhuayotl, In Aztlan - which is the foundation of all human ethics and law, and demand recognition for these relatives of our Indigenous Peoples as Special Social Groups before the US immigration courts.  Further, the Comités de Defensa del Barrio clarifies that the reality of violence from which these young relatives are fleeing is only the latest assault of the aftermath of the illegal colonization of our continent of Abya Yala which began in 1492, and has since been directed and managed by the policies of “Uncle Sam” upon the proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, and the full militarization of that policy by the Roosevelt Corollary in 1904.  We call for accountability, we call for decolonization and recognition of the Right of Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples as Peoples, equal to all other peoples in order to accurately define and deconstruct the regimes of racist doctrine across the Americas that provides context of the current crisis.


We Demand the Right to Work with Dignity

“The issue is not the right to work.  Everyone has the right to work. The Right to Work is an inherent Human Right, not a delegated privilege.  The issue is the criminalization of migrant workers and their families by racist regimes of “lawful employment” that disguise ethnic cleansing.  In terms of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Migrant Workers, it is an issue of colonization and self determination.”

¡ Defend the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families!
¡ Stop the Separation of Families - Stop the Deportations !
The Rule of Law : Uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Full Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples




Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio

Comisión de Derechos Humanos 

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