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May 19, 2018
      Gaza: in response to actions on the boundary between Gaza and Israel (see previous 1 and 2) the U.N. Human Rights Council on May 18th passed a resolution to form an “independent, international commission of inquiry” into the killings of Palestinians. Its report is due in March 2019. With 29 of the 47 members affirming, the Council condemned "the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians" (The Washington Post). Also according to The Washington Post the Israeli-Egyptian blockade is a response to the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007. Egypt's participation in the blockade may have been intended to control the movement of people with diverse politics. Nevertheless Egypt as well bears responsibility for the suffering of Gaza's people. The U.S. and Australia voted against the resolution. Britain and Germany were among the abstentions. On May 14th the U.S. vetoed a similar resolution before the U.N. Security Council. The General Assembly's views are evident in its vote last December against the U.S.'s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. On May 18 a summit of 57 Arab leaders convened by Turkey's President Erdogan as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, suggested resolution through the offices of the U.N., which included an international peace force to protect the Palestinians.     Partial sources online: "Israeli Settler Colonialism and Occupation Fact Sheet," Robert Barsocchini, May 18, 2018, Global Research; "U.N. sets up human rights probe into Gaza killings, to Israel's fury," Tom Miles, May 18, 2018, Reuters; "UN Jerusalem vote: General Assembly rules against US, declaring recognition of Israel capital 'null and void'," Mythili Sampathkumar, Dec.21, 2017, The Independent; "Gaza border protests resume as UN calls for inquiry," Ashraf Sweilam & Fares Akram (AP), May 18, 2018, The Washington Post; "Muslim leaders call for international protection force for Palestinians," Ali Kucukgocmen, Tulay Karadeniz, May 18, 2018, Reuters.

  Article 32
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Canada was one of the four countries officially objecting to the Declaration when it was passed by the UN General Assembly Sept. 13, 2007. In 2010 the Harper government endorsed the Declaration, without making it legally binding. On May 10, 2016 Canada officially withdrew its objector status and made the Declaration legally binding in Canada. To quote Carolyn Bennett, Minister of what was then Indigenous and Northern Affairs, "We are now a full supporter of the declaration, without qualification... We intend nothing less than to adopt and implement the declaration in accordance with the Canadian Constitution." Section 35 of the Constitution assures indigenous title , rights, where consent is required. This was specifically reiterated by the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. B.C.. Projects such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline require Indigenous consent from the native peoples of the lands they affect. The company obtained approval for its pipeline from some of the Indigenous bands affected. Others have not approved at all and are protesting the violation of their rights. Prime Minister Trudeau's Liberal government is heavily committed to supporting the Kinder Morgan project despite location of the company's headquarters in Houston Texas. Grand Chief Serge Simon, head of the Treaty Alliance Against the Tar Sands Expansion, has let the government and company know of the seriousness of native resistance: "They refuse to acknowledge that it’s the First Nations out west that are prepared to be arrested... They’re prepared to go all-out to prevent this from being built."     Partial sources online: "As Feds and Alberta talk, Indigenous rights left out of Trans Mountain debate," Lucy Scholey, April 12, 2018, aptn; "First Nations court challenges continue to hang over $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion," Gordon Hoekstra, April 19, 2018, Vancouver Sun; "Trudeau’s support of Kinder Morgan leading to a ‘flashpoint’ of Indigenous resistance," May 18, 2018, aptn; "Canada officially adopts UN declaration on rights of Indigenous Peoples," Tim Fontaine, May 10, 2016, CBC News; "Comment: There should be no confusion about aboriginal consent," Roshan Danesh, Oct. 23, 2016, Times Colonist.


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