Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Indigenous Peoples Conference On “HOLOCAUST"

Official Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Conference regarding “HOLOCAUST"

Indigenous Peoples delegates, members and representatives from various countries attending an International Workshop in Wellington, Aotearoa on 8 – 10 September 2000 to discuss: THE UNITED NATIONS DRAFT DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: The Conference makes the following Statement: The Waitangi Tribunal in its report of the Taranaki claim found that Maori people had suffered the effects of colonisation and invasion by New Zealand Government colonial forces. The word used by the Tribunal to describe the magnitude of the suffering by Taranaki tribes was a “Holocaust”. The Right Honorable Tariana Turia, a Maori member of Parliament and also a representative of people from the Wanganui and Taranaki regions has affirmed the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal. She compared the effects of colonisation on Maori people as a “holocaust”.

This Conference having substantial experience of the effects and processes of Imperialism and colonisation throughout Asia, Africa, the America’s, Australia, Hawai’i, Greenland, Artic, Aotearoa, agree with the Waitangi Tribunal and the member of Parliament, Tariana Turia. The fact that various New Zealand commentators, Politicians, media and academics have been outraged by the use of the term “holocaust” and view the term “holocaust” narrowly as being related only to the sufferings of the Jewish people does not alter the reality of many other peoples who have suffered systematic and brutal murder, torture, physical and mental oppression and extermination as peoples. The limited definition that Pakeha politicians and commentators place on the term “holocaust” indicates a denial to face up to the injustice perpetrated on Indigenous Peoples by colonisation and therefore a reluctance to find meaningful long term solutions and remedies. Limiting definitions such as “holocaust” is a manifestation of racism. Whether murder, slaughter and dispossession was achieved indiscriminately through a musket, cannon, sword, legislation or a gas chamber is irrelevant in defining the term “holocaust”.

The Conference supports Maori people and their allies in researching the loss of life, lands and resources at the hands of the New Zealand Government.

The Conference states that the term “holocaust” is not to be narrowly construed or defined. Indigenous Peoples claim the right to define “holocaust” in a broad sense, encompassing the oppression and systematic extermination of Indigenous Peoples by any means engaged by the Colonial Governments.

The Conference call on the New Zealand Government to acknowledge the past wrongs of colonialism perpetuated on the Maori people and to seek meaningful steps to protect the rights of Maori people as guaranteed in the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Conference further call on the New Zealand Government to display, as an act of good will and faith toward achieving meaningful and long term settlements and peace with Maori people, the New Zealand Government will support the adoption at the United Nations of the: United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as it is currently drafted. Thankyou signed

Tebtebba Foundation Inc, Philippines

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Denmark

Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network, India

Griqua National Conference of South Africa, South Africa

European Network for Indigenous Australian Rights, UK

National Aboriginal Institute of Legal Services, Australia

International Indian Treaty Council, USA

Fundacion para la promocion del conocimiento indigena, Panama

Defensoria Maya, Guatemala

Maori Law Commission

Ngati Te Ata

Te Kawau Maro

Rongomaiwahine

Sami Council, Norway, Sweden and Finland

Ka Lahui Hawai'i, USA

________________________________________________________

for Aotearoa-(NZ comment) contact Anthony Sinclair ph 09 6205280 ________________________________________________________


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news