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US Border Wall Violates International Law, US Law Violates Lipan Apache Indigenous Rights

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URGENT ACTION:

NO MORE BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION!

RESPECT HUMAN AND INDIGENOUS RIGHTS!

CAMPAIGN GOING LIVE ON U.S. MOTHER'S DAY, FOR OUR MOTHER EARTH!

Sign the petition today in support of halting any further US-Mexico border wall construction in Ndé (Lipan Apache) Peoples’ traditional and customary homelands, currently bifurcated by the States of Mexico and the United States.

The letter you are signing will directly pressure the U.S. Government to uphold its lawful duties to International Human Rights Law and respond to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) on the matter, per CERD's requests and our joint legal submissions (see progression and information below).

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24 May 2017:

UPDATE!

UN CERD has responded and holds the U.S. accountable to Indigenous and Human Rights. Now the United States needs to reply to be in accordance with International Law. UN CERD requests that the United States answer to the CERD Committee's questions re violations of Indigenous Rights of the U.S. Executive Order for border wall expansion and activities therein, as well as current wall effects.

Violations addressed by UN CERD to the United States on the matter of the border wall and plans for border wall expansion include violations of rights to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and genuine consultation, while also pointing to non-remedied effects of the previously-constructed current wall, among other related violations as per our collective submissions and previous related works therein.

See the CERD letter here:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CERD/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CERD_ALE_USA_8210_E.pdf

*Corresponding update as-sent to signers of the petition*:

May 24, 2017 — Great news!! In response to our collective submissions for urgent action, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) has written to the United States for response to the CERD Committee concerning the allegations, submissions and evidence that the United States-Mexico border wall and the recent U.S. Executive Order to expand the border wall are in violation of Indigenous Rights, including the rights to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and genuine consultation. The CERD Committee also addresses concern that "the discriminatory effect of the previously constructed wall has not been remedied" and the need for protection of sacred sites in light of a variety of violating U.S. exploitations and interests. The United States is requested to reply to the UN CERD Committee by this coming 17 July 2017. See more in the link provided!

We still need your support, now more than ever, to collectively apply pressure to the U.S. Government to adhere to the CERD treaty and to respond to the CERD Committee in respect to International Human Right Law. Please continue to share this petition far and wide to all of your friends, family and networks to sign and share, also! Thank you all for your amazing comments and support, your voices have a big impact and will continue to do so; together we are making a difference!

We will be in communication again soon!
Point of contact: annwg@iosde.org

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Sign, share, send and receive this petition in support of halting any further US-Mexico border wall construction in Ndé (Lipan Apache) Peoples’ traditional and customary homelands, currently bifurcated by the States of Mexico and the United States. The letter being signed addressing the United States Government directly via the Office of the President, the Department of the Interior, and the US Supreme Court Judges:

"Construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall violates International Law; United States Law violates Lipan Apache Indigenous Rights.

Stop all plans for border wall construction and other Human Rights International Law violations. Stop all government-sponsored border wall and extractive industry land-grabbing of Indigenous and everyday peoples' homes and territories. Adherent to international law regarding Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), Indigenous Rights, and genuine consultation of persons affected.

Uphold the United States Government's duties to International Law and the UN CERD Treaty, and respond to the UN CERD Committee by the 17 July 2017 date, as per UN CERD:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CERD/Shared%20Documents/USA/INT_CERD_ALE_USA_8210_E.pdf

Human and Indigenous Rights trump government dirty business.

Tear down the wall.
Honor Human Rights.
Respect Indigenous Rights and sovereignty."

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We demand an end to the deep, inherent violations of the US-Mexico border and border wall and their crossings of Nde and Lipan Apache Indigenous territories and homelands, and respect for free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

Background:

The Lipan Apache Women Defense (LAWD) and Lipan Apache mother, grandmother and elder Dr. Eloisa García Tamez, along with the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Apache Nde Nnee Working Group (ANNWG), and International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality (IOSDE) have submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD), in support of and conjunction to the Follow up to Urgent Action/Early Warning re United States Executive Order to Further Construct US-Mexico, submitted to the the UN CERD Committee by Mr. Ariel Dulitzky (member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances) and his University Texas Law Clinic. The firm, public statements of support and legal positions have been submitted against the alien, colonial domination of the United States-Mexico border and border wall and the current United States administration’s executive order and any other mandate or effort in further construction of a United States-Mexico border wall in Apache Ndé, and, specifically, Lipan Apache territory/ies.

Click here for more detailed context, background, history, and previous actions leading up to this time.

Click here to view the Dulitzky follow-up to the early warning.

Click here to view the joint submission of letters by LAWD, ANNWG, the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, and IOSDE.

Click here for the first news / press release and more information (prior to UN CERD's response).

Click here for the UPDATE news release following UN CERD's response to the Urgent Action submissions, and subsequent CERD letter to the United States on these matters.

Border walls do not build a better humanity. Border walls have consistently existed in conjunction with social oppression, violation of human dignity, peace and life, and, in the cases of colonial settler States/countries, acts of violence and violation against Indigenous Peoples and pre-existing peoples and lifeways who have, and continue to survive, border colonialism. The United States-Mexico border wall is in violation of International Law.

Collectively, we have established the cutting edge for understanding of the United States-Mexico border and border wall and its inherent, encompassing violations of Indigenous and Human Rights to, among other things, land, religion, and freedom of expression, culture, family and kinship, movement within one's customary community, speech, identity, access to justice and appropriate juridical procedures, and due process and remedy.

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Current context:

These current actions are in conjunction to the Follow up to Urgent Action/Early Warning re United States Executive Order to Further Construct US-Mexico, submitted to the United Nations CERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) Committee by Ariel Dulitzky (member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances) and his University Texas Law Clinic, and in accordance with related previous legal initiatives, as detailed in the sections and links below, and the previous related CERD works of Mr. Dulitzky and his Clinic, Dr. Eloisa Tamez and Margo Tamez, who are long-standing Indigenous Lipan Apache Nde grandmother, mother, daughter, experts, organizers on the matter, activists and persons and family directly affected by the wall and the border, the Apache Nde Nnee Working Group, and many others who have worked on and engaged in so many ways over the years.

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RECENT breaking developments:

Click here for more detailed, previous and related work, context and information.

21 February 2017. Ariel Dulitzky (member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances) and his University of Texas Law Clinic, under the continuation of previous work with LAWD, sent a request to the UN CERD Committee for review of the current United States administration’s order(s) to undergo renewed border wall construction.

27 April 2017. Dr. Eloisa Garcia Tamez, founder of Lipan Apache Women Defense (LAWD), created a letter to UN CERD in support of Mr. Dulitzky’s initiative, alerting the CERD Committee to official, contextual legal history re the border wall and the Lipan Apache, and brought a supporting call to action on several points.

27 April 2017. The Chair of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas, Daniel Castro Romero, Jr., created a letter to UN CERD, also affirming Dulitzky and Tamez’s actions, calling on the UN CERD for protection and affirmation of inherent Indigenous Rights.

30 April 2017. The Apache Nde Nnee Working Group (ANNWG), via ANNWG legal counsel India Reed Bowers, BA LLM, Founder & Director of IOSDE, and by request of Margo Tamez, Lipan Apache Nde, wrote a letter to CERD in support of the LAWD and Dulitzky actions, affirming Indigenous and Human Rights, contextualizing the situation in historical context and regarding colonialism, and referencing the Apache Nde Nnee Working Group’s 2015 and 2016 Shadow/Alternative Report submissions to UN CERD for the reviews of the Holy See and Spain, therein, and the ties to the current border wall and border as it/they violate Nde Peoples and lands.

1 May 2017. The International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality (IOSDE) submitted the three supporting letters above to the UN CERD Committee together as one action of Lipan Apache and Nde self-determination.

5 May 2017. The CERD Secretariat confirmed receipt of the letters.

17 May 2017. GREAT NEWS! The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD) has written to the United States for communication concerning allegations, submissions and evidence that the United States-Mexico border wall and the current U.S. Executive Order to expand the border wall are in violation of Indigenous Rights of the peoples whose homes and territories the wall and any expansion of the wall divide and affect, namely, in accordance with submissions made to the CERD Committee on the matter(s), discriminatory impacts on the Lipan Apache, Kikapoo, and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo indigenous peoples and communities.

The CERD Committee calls the United States to respect rights to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), genuine consultation, and draws attention to lack of remedy to violations the current border wall already constructed - click here to see the letter!

This result was in response to the CERD Committee's review of the actions above and the years of previous and related work put into these matters by all with the UN CERD Committee, as organized by Indigenous Lipan Apache women and experts Dr. Eloisa Tamez and Margo Tamez, and their many colleagues and supporters.

Currently: While we wait to see if the U.S. will respect International Law and respond to UN CERD by 17 July 2017 per CERD's request, we will continue to share, sign, educate and pursue actions of justice.

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Sign the petition today in support of halting any further US-Mexico border wall construction in Ndé (Lipan Apache) Peoples’ traditional and customary homelands, currently bifurcated by the States of Mexico and the United States. The letter you are signing will directly pressure the U.S. Government to uphold its lawful duties to International Human Rights Law and respond to UN CERD (see 17 May 2017 update above).

**We demand an end to the deep, inherent violations of the US-Mexico border and its crossing of Nde and Lipan Apache Indigenous territories and homelands.**

STOP BORDER WALL EXPANSION!

STAND FOR INDIGENOUS AND HUMAN RIGHTS!

END COLONIAL BORDER/WALL AND FOR-PROFIT LAND-GRABBING!

SAY "NO" TO VIOLENCE OF BORDERS AND BORDER WALLS!

TEAR DOWN THE WALL!

UNITED STATES: FULFILL THE NATION'S DUTIES TO THE UN CERD TREATY AND INTERNATIONAL LAW; ANSWER TO THE UN CERD COMMITTEE BY 17 JULY 2017.

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More information, including links to history and current status(es) of related and connected Lipan Apache and Apache Nde Nnee ground-breaking legal and other works and actions in-depth, click here for the first corresponding News / Press Release:

http://iosde.org/news/sign-the-petition-us-border-wall-violates-international-law-us-law-violates-lipan-apache-indigenous-rights-also-a-new-related-intervention-to-un-cerd

and the UPDATE news release, following UN CERD's response:

http://iosde.org/news/update-un-cerd-seeks-proof-from-the-united-states-that-the-us-mexico-border-wall-and-the-us-executive-order-for-its-expansion-are-not-in-violation-of-indigenous-rights

Sign, share, send and receive this petition, to take a stand with us on the right side of history-in-the-making.

Contact: Apache Nde Nnee Working Group, annwg@iosde.org



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