UN / INDIGENOUS ALEC BALDWIN

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Actor and activist Alec Baldwin held a conversation with representatives of indigenous peoples’ groups on how to respond to attacks on indigenous peoples and other environmental defenders in order to protect their rights and the tropical rainforests where many of them live. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, participants on stage
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Alec Baldwin, Actor and Activist:
“As long as I have been political conscious, we’ve been hearing about the rate that those areas are being deforested. And I think the people who really have the interest of the land and the interest of the greatest number of people in relationship to that land, are indigenous peoples.”
4. Wide shot, participants on stage
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Alec Baldwin, Actor and Activist:
“If I say to you, you need to conserve energy, you need to eat less meat, you need to alter your behavior just a little bit, and if you don’t want to do that we are just going to go kill a lot of indigenous people. Which would you rather have? How many people would choose to murder indigenous people in order to increase how much meat they eat and how much oil they burn? The activities of these governments do not represent the will of the people. They don’t.”
6. Wide shot, participants on stage
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:
“The main actors involved in the killings are transnational corporations, mainly those involved in extractive industries, logging, mining as well as oil and gas extraction.”
8. Wide shot, participants on stage
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rukka Sombolinggi, Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipielago (AMAN), Indonesia:
“For us indigenous people of Indonesia, we are not opposed, we never oppose development. We understand that we need development. We call the government and private sector, go and intensify the existing licence that you already have. You don’t need to expand. Because expanding means you will grab indigenous lands and you will destroy the forest.”
10. Wide shot, participants on stage

STORYLINE:

Actor and activist Alec Baldwin today (23 Apr) held a conversation with representatives of indigenous peoples’ groups on how to respond to attacks on indigenous peoples and other environmental defenders in order to protect their rights and the tropical rainforests where many of them live.

Baldwin said, “the people who really have the interest of the land and the interest of the greatest number of people in relationship to that land, are indigenous peoples.”

Speaking about the consequences of everyday consumption, he said, “if I say to you, you need to conserve energy, you need to eat less meat, you need to alter your behavior just a little bit, and if you don’t want to do that we are just going to go kill a lot of indigenous people. Which would you rather have? How many people would choose to murder indigenous people in order to increase how much meat they eat and how much oil they burn? The activities of these governments do not represent the will of the people. They don’t.”

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said that “the main actors” involved in the killings of indigenous activists are “transnational corporations, mainly those involved in extractive industries, logging, mining as well as oil and gas extraction.”

For her part, Rukka Sombolinggi, and indigenous people’s activist from Indonesia, said they “are not opposed” to development.

She said “we understand that we need development. We call the government and private sector, go and intensify the existing licence that you already have. You don’t need to expand. Because expanding means you will grab indigenous lands and you will destroy the forest.”

The current session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues runs from 22 April through 3 May, with regional dialogues to be held during the second week.

Established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2000, the Forum provides it with advice and recommendation on indigenous issues. The 16 independent experts of the Forum – eight nominated by UN Member States and others by indigenous organizations globally – work in their personal capacity.
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