James Anaya: Laws of Ugra in indigenous peoples support sphere can be an example for other countries
Indigenous Portal, 19 October 2009

UGRA, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, visited the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area, where Vasiliy Sondykov, speaker of the autonomous area’s duma, presented on the Indigenous Peoples Assembly, unique in Russia, and ten Ugra nominal laws that regulate the protection of indigenous peoples’ lives, activities and environment. Anaya said he was deeply impressed by the number of laws to protect indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, noting they could become an example for other countries. He took special interest in the questions of nature conservation territories development and traditional nature use, as well the arrangement of agreements between oil companies and heads of the families of ancestral lands, with the area’s administration acting as a third party always on behalf of the latter. Read the article …