BRAZIL: MUNDURUKU CHIEF CLARIFIES REDD CONTRACT FARSE WITH CELESTIAL GREEN VENTURES
Mar 27, 2012…By Rebecca Sommer. It created waves of headlines around the world when the Munduruku, an Indigenous nation of approximately 13000 living in the state Para, Brazil, signed a carbon credit sales contract (REDD) with Celestial Green Ventures. But it wasn’t the community, that signed the contract. I uncovered this fact during my 2 1/2 month visit in the state of Para where I was investigating the Belo Monte dam issue. Upon hearing the announcement, I called a human rights and climate justice colleague Marquinho Mora from the organization Faor, who informed me that the Munduruku community was indeed very confused about the news themselves….
Three Indigenous Nations in Altamira area, Para, signed REDD contracts with an untrustworthy individual, Benedito Millleo Junior, representative fromTopoGeo
Mar 27, 2012...By Rebecca Sommer. I was in the city of Altamira, the Amazon area in the state of Para, preparing to leave the next day. It was with a knot in my throat when I promised the young chief of one of the three indigenous nations in this area that had signed REDD contracts, not to reveal their identity. For years I have tried to inform indigenous peoples about the lies and wrongs that one day soon they will be told in order to obtain their consent for REDD projects on their indigenous territory.
'ART STUFF': Work in Progress Namib Desert Video from Rebecca Sommer
March 11, 2012...I wanted to share with you an excerpt Video ... "quasi" raw footage... "Otherworld" series,( work-in-progress art project), this time in the Namib Desert, 3 days, with two amazing girls. While I was in the desert, still with the criminal business energy of the Climate Change negotiation in Durban in my being, I was thinking: Will that be how our Earth will look like in the future? Anyway . . .the video-clip was filmed in the very heart of the oldest desert of the world ! Video Link:Otherworld Journeys
Namibia: Indigenous groups’ long road to claim their rights
March 10, 2012...Rebecca Sommer, who agreed to collaborate with Namibian human rights organization NamRights, handed the declarations to Namrights for submission to the African Union (AU) and the government of Namibia.
Brazil: Indigenous Peoples from Xingu Park call for help! Dams + Soya Plantations
March 7, 2012...“The small-scale dams are popping up everywhere, and our rivers are sometimes so muddy that we can’t even see the fish anymore. Also, the river has less and less water, the white people are blocking and poisoning our river’s, and threaten our very existence” said chief Aritana Yawalapiti. “We want the world, the UN, to help us protect the watershed area that is located outside of the Xingu Park” He added. To watch videos with chief Aritana explaining the problem of the dams filmed by Rebecca Sommer for EarthPeoples two years ago (now the issue is much worse!):
CLICK HERE: to WATCH Alto Xingu / VIDEOs
Namibian Minority Groups Demand Their Rights
Mar 1, 2012…As the result of a two months-long visit to the former Kaokoland by independent human rights expert, Rebecca Sommer, who conducted human rights awareness raising gatherings with two of the several Namibian indigenous minority groups, the Himba people issued two separate declarations listing a whole of litany of violations of their civil, cultural, economic, environmental, social and political rights perpetrated by the Government of Namibia (GoN). The Zemba people also issued their declaration listing similar violations by GoN. In the three declarations, signed between January 20 2012 and February 12 2012 the Himba (who include the Twa and Tjimba subgroups) pointed out that they are a distinct people, with their own tradition and culture and that they have exclusively inhabited the...
REBECCA SOMMER IM ZDF UMWELTMAGAZIN (30 min).
WATCH VIDEO: STAUDAMM CONTRA REGENWALD
Protaginistin Rebecca Sommer im Herzen Amazoniens soll das drittgrößte Wasserkraftwerk der Welt gebaut werden. Wissenschaftler warnen: Der Bau bedroht die Existenz der Ureinwohner und das Ökosystem des Amazonas-Regenwaldes. VIDEO: HIER
Indigenous Himba Take Fight To The UN
Mar 1, 2012…We further demand that our children be taught in our own language, while receiving highly qualified English lessons that would ensure that they speak and write the mainstream language well.
Brazil: The double role of Norway in conserving and destroying the Amazon
Mar 2012...Article based on the videos by Rebecca Sommer from the joint side event that took place in April 2010, at the World's Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia
NAMIBIAN MINORITY GROUPS DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS
Febr 29, 2012…As the result of a two months-long visit to the former Kaokoland by independent human rights expert, Rebecca Sommer, who conducted human rights awareness raising gatherings with two of the several Namibian indigenous minority groups, the Himba people issued two separate declarations listing a whole of litany of violations of their civil, cultural, economic, environmental, social and political rights perpetrated by the Government of Namibia (GoN).
Namibia: Indigenous Coalition Opposed to new Dam
Febr 28, 2012… Rebecca Sommer. If the Namibian government thought it had enough on its hands after indigenous Himba leaders issued a powerful statement listing a host of human rights violations and calling on the UN to intervene, it now has another campaign by indigenous groups to worry about - and a real fight on its hands over plans to build a new dam in the Baynes Mountains.
Namibia-Indigenous Himba take fight to the UN
Febr 28, 2012…Rebecca Sommer, an independent human rights conducted human rights awareness raising gatherings with Ovahimba, Ovatwa, Ovatjimba, Ovazemba leaders and communities. Consequently, the Himba and Zemba chiefs released three Declarations.
Namibia ANALYSIS: Indigenous Himba Take Fight to the UN
Febr 28, 2012…The Namibian government can usually ignore the demands of indigenous groups - safe in the knowledge that their voices will seldom be heard. And even if they are that the groups are too isolated and marginalised to cause the ruling party any difficulty - apart perhaps from some temporary embarrassment. But the government will have more trouble ignoring the latest call from the Himba people of Kaokoland, who have long seen their rights trampled upon and decisions about their future imposed from afar. Not only has the lengthy list of abuses and justified demands been signed by all 36 of the traditional Himba leaders but they have also appealed directly to the United Nations and the international community to intervene. In a remarkable statement, the leaders take the government to task over their rights to land, traditional titles, cultural identity, lack of consultation relating to mining and dam construction and routine oppression. And they demand that the Namibian government ends land grabbing, halts plans for a new dam, stops interfering in ancestral tribal institutions, provides culturally sensitive schools and allows the Himba to move freely across the border with Angola. The leaders words are extremely powerful - highlighting the complete marginalisation of their people by the government of Namibia. They make the following key points and demands:
CLICK HERE: to read or download the original, signed HIMBA DECLARATION
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Special theme: "Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the ... ( MAK); Awareness raising film by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the UNPFII.
Copy of the Himba Invitation Letter Sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights & Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples
Febr 27, 2012 – A copy of the invitation letter sent to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights and fundamental freedoms ... Rebecca Sommer ...
Namibian nomads ask UN to halt dam construction
Febr 24, 2012…The declaration to the government and the UN was signed by 26 tribal chiefs. They are demanding a greater say in decisions affecting them, citing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Himba Appeal to UN to Fight Namibian Dam
Febr 24, 2012…The Himba say that generations of graves would be flooded by the mooted 1 700-gigawatt hydroelectric dam, according to AFP. The Himba worry their ancestors will be angered and could react badly, causing havoc in their lives.
Großer Protest aus Kaoko und Omusati
Febr 24, 2012…Die Ovahimba und Ovazemba hatten zwischen dem 26. Dezember 2011 und dem 20. Februar 2012 die Unterstützung einer in den Menschenrechten versierten Kraft, Rebecca Sommer, die sich mit den Chefs und ihren Großleuten beschäftigt hat, um ihnen die UN-Deklaration zu erklären, an der Namibia zuletzt auch durch seinen damaligen Botschafter Dr. Kaire Mbuende mitgewirkt hat.
Namibia: Minority Groups Clamour for Rights
Febr 24, 2012…it was agreed that Rebecca Sommer, an independent human rights expert in conjunction with Namrights, would visit the groups to inform them about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)…An outflow of this was the drafting of the three declarations compiled during December 2011 and February 20 this year which details their grievances.
(AFP) Namibia's Himba nomads appeal to UN to fight dam
Febr 23, 2012…The Himba argue the dam violates their rights under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Namibia has adopted.Chief Hikumine Kapika also invited UN special rapporteur on indigenous rights James Anaya to visit the affected Himba communities.
Indigenous peoples in Brazil Harassed, Threatened
Feb 10, 2012 – CLIMATE CHANGE & REDD…The destruction of the environment, directly affects the very survival of the Indigenous communities, Sommer told HNN. She added that 95 percent of the forest has already disappeared in Matto Grosso -- celebrated as a hot spot with one of the most richest biodiversity of our planet. With the boom in the demand for the biofuel ethanol, which in Brazil is obtained from sugar cane, the plantations are steadily expanding.
ZDF: Fernsehtipp: Staudamm contra Regenwald - Mega-Staudamm bedroht das Amazonas-Gebiet
Febr 7, 2012…Für Belo Monte soll mehr Erde bewegt werden als beim Aushub des Panama-Kanals. Dazu kommen Straßen, Starkstromleitungen, Siedlungen für 20000 Arbeiter. Um Brasiliens Energiehunger zu stillen, wird eine Fläche so groß wie der Bodensee geflutet werden. Auch deutsche Unternehmen möchten davon profitieren: Mercedes Benz liefert 540 Baufahrzeuge, von Voith Hydro, einer Siemens-Tochter, sollen Turbinen, Generatoren und Transformatoren kommen - ein Großauftrag von 443 Millionen Euro.
Staudamm contra Regenwald - ZDF.de
Febr 2, 2012…Rebecca Sommer unterstützt die Ureinwohner bei ihrem Kampf gegen das Staudammprojekt. Als Menschenrechtsaktivistin vertrat sie die internationale Sektion der Gesellschaft für Bedrohte Völker bei den Vereinten Nationen. Planet e. hat sie auf ihrer Reise in das Amazonasgebiet begleitet. Ihre Hoffnung ist auch die der Indios: Die UN muss auf Brasilien einwirken, Belo Monte doch noch zu stoppen.
Naturschutz oder Energiehunger- Protagonistin Menschenrechtsaktivistin Rebecca Sommer
Febr 2, 2012…Wir haben eine deutsche Protagonistin gefunden, was für die Zuschauer immer schöner ist. Die sollten sich zum einen wegen des Regenwaldes für den Beitrag interessieren. Der ist nun mal die grüne Lunge für uns alle. Zum anderen aber auch für die Menschenrechtsaktivistin Rebecca Sommer aus Berlin, die die Ureinwohner bei ihrem Kampf gegen das Staudammprojekt unterstützt. Im September haben wir alles geplant, die Flüge mit drei Mal umsteigen, Unterkunft in einer völlig überfüllten Stadt, die Drehs bei den Indios und so weiter. Mitunter schwierig aus der Ferne, weil sich so vieles eben nicht planen und organisieren lässt.
Índios Xikrin enviam carta de apoio à atuação do MPF no caso Belo Monte
18 Dez. 2011 – Brasil, usina Belo Monte : os índios Xikrin Bakaj enviados para o Ministério Público Federal ... Ele é o advogado do povo indígena, conhece nossos direitos”, diz a carta dos Xikrin. ... Video © Sommerfilms, Rebecca Sommer ...
AGU pede afastamento de procurador Felicio Pontes em casos que envolvam construção de hidrelétricas
Dec 18, 2011 estopim para a reclamação formal foi uma matéria publicada pelo jornal Folha de S.Paulo, no dia 3 de dezembro. A reportagem utiliza, sem autorização, vídeos gravados durante uma reunião do procurador com os Xikrin da Terra Indígena Trincheira Bacajá para embasar sua tese de que Felício sugere aos índios que cobrem mais dinheiro do consórcio Norte Energia pela construção da usina de Belo Monte, no Rio Xingu (PA). Os trechos do vídeo – retirado da internet a pedido do MPF-PA – mostram apenas respostas do procurador a questionamentos da comunidade sobre seus direitos relativos aos procedimentos de indenização por danos causados pela hidrelétrica.
Brasilien: Kein Bau des Belo Monte-Staudamms ohne Mitbestimmung der Indigenen
Dec 2011…Die GfbV-Delegierte bei der UNO, Rebecca Sommer, hat bereits mehrmals betroffene indigene Gemeinschaften in Brasilien besucht. Dabei hat sie diese über ihre Rechte ...
Tibet Women Association Report UNFCCC 2011 in Durban
Dec 12, 2011…Rebecca Sommer introduced us to Tom Goldtooth who is the president of the IEN.
The Endless Algebra of Climate Markets
Dec 10, 2011… “The Endless Algebra of Climate Markets”, is the title of a recent paper. In an interview in 2010 with Rebecca Sommer, Yawalapiti explained that…
Brasilien: Belo Monte-Staudamm am Xingu-Fluss stoppen
Dec 10, 2011...Recherchen der GfbV-Mitarbeiterin Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien weisen nach, dass mit dem Bau des Megastaudamms eine groß angelegte Industrialisierung dieser Amazonasregion eingeleitet werden soll. Die im Einzugsgebiet des Xingu lebenden Indianervölker und insbesondere eine kleine isoliert lebende indianische Gemeinschaft in unmittelbarere Nähe des Staudamms sind damit existenziell bedroht.
Video: Hundreds of Activists Protest Inside COP17 demanding CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!
Dec 10, 2011…This video shows parts of the CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW! (CJN!) movement’s press conference, and the protest inside the halls at the last day of the UN Climate Change negotiations COP17. (Comments by Rebecca Sommer after her video).
THE DAY AFTER – COP17 John Vidal and Pablo Solo (Saturday, Dec 10th 2011) PART1
Dec 10, 2011…Filmed by Rebecca Sommer, Journalist John Vidal from The Guardian is interviewing Pablo Solon, former Ambassador and Bolivia’s lead negotiator at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations.
Behind the scenes (UN Climate Change negotiations)
Dec 10, 2011…A couple of films by my friend Rebecca Sommer. In the first, former Bolivian ambassador to the UN Pablo Solon explains the negotiating documents to Guardian environmental correspondent John Vidal. In the second, civil society protesters use the People’s Mike to disrupt the negotiations
Key to Durban Talks: The Peoples Agreement on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
DECEMBER 8, 2011..."We now know that that major regional and global climate shifts have occurred in ... Ice cores hold an amazingly detailed record of Earth's climate. ..... at the UNFCCC and documentary film-maker Rebecca Sommer march with the masses ..... The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples must be fully ...
‘A dirty deal coming down in Durban’
Dec 6, 2011…As German NGO activist Rebecca Sommer of Ecoterra sums up, “Developed nations are trying to shift their responsibilities for drastic emissions cuts onto developing countries that have done the least to cause the problem. Rich industrialized countries are busy trying to carve out new business opportunities for multinational corporations and their financial elites. It would be disastrous if the internationally binding emission reduction commitments would lapse or end altogether in Durban.”
Climate talks: A dirty deal coming down in Durban
Dec 6, 2011…Since the African Group represents 53 countries, the Group of Least Developed Countries represents 48, and there are a half-dozen more in the ALBA block, it is not impossible that this shifting alliance can overcome the rich countries' power and the tendency of the four leading middle-income countries – Brazil, China, India and South Africa – to represent their own national interests.
Climate Justice Tribunal
Dec 2, 2011...The day's activities began with a Climate Justice Tribunal. The model here, of course, is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which became a model for conciliatory justice after hearings in the transition to democracy during the mid-1990s in South Africa. Panelists, who will listen to testimony and then write up a report: Ivonne Yanis (of Accion Ecologica in Ecuador), Jacklyn Cock (Professor of Sociology at Witz University), Lidy Nacpil (Jubilee South), Rebecca Sommer (Climate Justice Now Movement).
Bedrohte Indigene im Amazonas: GfbV fordert die brasilianische Bundesanwaltschaft auf, den Bau des Megastaudamms Belo Monte zu sistieren
Dec 1, 2011…Die Indigenen in der Xingu-Region äussern gegenüber der Vertreterin der GfbV, Rebecca Sommer, wiederholt Sorge und Verunsicherung. Nachdem sie von offizieller Seite widersprüchliche Angaben über die direkten und indirekten Folgen des Megastaudamms Belo Monte erhalten haben und nie um ihr Einverständnis zum Dammbau gebeten worden sind, droht ihnen nun eine noch verhängnisvollere Entwicklung.
TIBET AT COP17
Dec 1, 2011…The Tibet delegation is fast learning about the true nature of the UNFCCC, what are the issues at the negotiations, who is who, what are the major groups, etc, and made significant new contacts to include themselves into the larger picture of the Climate Justice Movement.Contacts:Rebecca Sommer or Tenzin Woebum for an interview.
Ocupado canteiro de obras da usina de Belo Monte
Nov 27, 2011…Fotos Rebecca Sommer.O canteiro de obras da Usina Hidrelétrica de Belo Monte, na região de Altamira (PA), está ocupado por mais de 600 indígenas, pescadores, ribeirinhos e populações ameaçadas pelos impactos sociais e ambientais do grande empreendimento. A ocupação começou na madrugada desta quinta-feira (27).
U.S. Funded Democracy Centre Reveals It’s Real Reason for Supporting the TIPNIS Protest in Bolivia: REDD $$$
November 23, 2011…Video by Rebecca Sommer: Manipulation: Indigenous Peoples Alto Xingu-STOP pushing us for REDD (running time: 9:26) Morales has been a world leader in his vocal opposition to REDD stating that “nature, forests and indigenous peoples are not for sale.” At the opposite end of the spectrum are the foundations (who serve as tax-exempt front groups for corporations and elites) who finance the NGOs who have led the campaign to discredit Morales are most all heavily promoting and investing in REDD. CIDOB is involved in pilot REDD projects funded by the NGO called FAN (Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza) which is funded by a slew of foreign interest entities/states and corporate NGOs such as USAID, Conservation International, European Union, American Electric Power, BP-Amoco and Dow Chemical‘s partner, The Nature Conservancy. Indeed, when it comes to the world’s most powerful NGOs voicing any dissent to the false solution of REDD, the silence is deafening. The money behind the REDD scheme is in the trillions.
Representantes de 21 povos indígenas, pescadores e de povos ribeirinhos ocupam canteiro de obras da Usina Belo Monte
Oct 28, 2011…Video Rebecca Sommer.O canteiro de obras da Usina Hidrelétrica de Belo Monte, na região de Altamira (PA), está ocupado por mais de 600 indígenas, pescadores, ribeirinhos e populações ameaçadas pelos impactos sociais e ambientais do grande empreendimento. A ocupação começou na madrugada de quinta-feira.
Demonstranten besetzen Kraftwerks-Baustelle im Amazonas-Gebiet
Oct 27, 2011…Video © Sommerfilms. Protest of hundreds of Indigenous peoples, fishermen, riverine people and social movements are occupying since today the work site of Belo Monte and the Transamazonian highway.
New Videos: REBECCA SOMMER, Sommerfilms (Belo Monte, REDD)
Oct 3, 2011…The following are rush translated/edited video interviews with the Indigenous representatives, whom had a technical meeting with the United Nations. Filming by Rebecca Sommer: Representative to the UN for…EARTHPEOPLES, a global network for and by Indigenous Peoples.
Kayapó from state MATO GROSSO in Brazil
Oct 3, 2011…RAONI, leader of Kayapo, at the United Nations, Geneva, 30 September 2011 (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) Video©Rebecca Sommer: Indigenous leader of the Kayapo people, Raoni Metyktire, went together with Bemoro, and Ta-u Metuktire to the UN, on the 30 September 2011, to speak about his concerns, the destruction of the earth, the land, waters, rivers, forests. He firmly reaffirmed his opposition the building of dams in the amazon, such as Belo Monte. He explained that the Xingu river is contaminated and poisoned starting at the watershed of the river, by soja plantations, agro-business, cattle farms. he also informed the UN that this would be his last time that he would come to the UN, and that Bemoro would take over his position as the new chief of his people.
Indigene erhoffen in Genf von der UNO Schutz des Amazonas und ihrer Rechte
Sept 30, 2011…In Brasilien entwickelt sich ein immer verzweifelter Kampf der Indigenen gegen die von der brasilianischen Regierung vorgeschlagene Initiativen zur wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung und zur Ausbeutung von natürlichen Ressourcen. Diese stellen eine echte Bedrohung für das Überleben der indigenen Völker des Amazonas dar. So erhielten z.B. Bergbauunternehmen erste Bewilligungen, um in riesigen Gebieten im Amazonas Explorationen über bestehende natürliche Ressourcen durchzuführen - z.T. sogar in offiziell anerkannten Indigenen-Schutzzonen und ohne das Wissen und das Einverständnis der Indigenen.
Menschenjagd in den Bergwäldern von Laos:Die Verfolgung des Volkes der Hmong: Eine deutsche Filmerin zwingt die Welt zum Hinschauen
Sept 2011…Rebecca Sommer hat sich auch nicht gescheut, via Internet der Öffentlichkeit das Leiden dieser Hmong-Gruppen vor Augen zu führen. Wer ihre Site HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS (Wie Tiere gejagt) anklickt und sich ein paar der zum Teil aus dem Dschungel geschmuggelten Filmausschnitte anschaut, wird diese so rasch nicht mehr vergessen. Und das ist Absicht: Die Verfolgung der Hmong in Laos soll nicht mehr ignoriert werden können.
Fostering Integrative Learning Part 6
Sept 26, 2011…New York City is a major stopover of the East Coast migratory flyway. Over 355 bird species live in the Big Apple or take refuge here during migration. Many of these birds are injured by flying into buildings that have sprung up along their ancient migratory pathways, others by cat attacks, vehicles, and human interference. Yet New York is the only major city in the US that does not have a wildlife rehabilitation center. The Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides emergency care for over 1000 wild birds and animals in New York City each year. To watch Rebecca Sommer's video about wildlife rehabilitation CLICK HERE
Weltweiter Protest gegen Staudammprojekt Belo Monte in Brasilien – zwei Mahnwachen auch in Berlin
Aug 24, 2011…Rebecca Sommer für die GfbV-International wurde von der Botschaftsrätin Frau Fontes Faria empfangen. Survival International übergab einen Brief zu Gunsten der freiwillig Isolierten und Rebecca Sommer die Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. Video von Rebecca Sommer - Mahnwache vor dem Brandenburger Tor: p>
Protest gegen brasilianischen Mega-Staudamm auch in Berlin
Aug 22, 2011…Am weltweiten Aktionstag zur Verteidigung Amazoniens protestieren Rebecca Sommer und Christian Zimmermannam heutigen Montag zusammen mit anderen Berlin Menschenrechtlern und Umweltschützern gegen die Errichtung des Kraftwerks und Staudamms Belo Monte im brasilianischen Amazonasgebiet. Mit vielen bunten Plakaten, Transparenten und heißer Musik weisen sie darauf hin, dass das gigantische Projekt am Xingu-Fluss mitten im Regenwald die Natur zerstören und die Existenzgrundlagen der dort lebenden indigenen Gemeinschaften vernichten wird.
Brasil / Belo Monte. Apelo ao Governo Brasileiro para a suspensão do processo de aprovação da barragem de Belo Monte
May 31, 2011 – A Declaração sobre os Direitos dos Povos Indígenas da Organização das Nações Unidas exige que, antes do inicio de qualquer projeto que possa ter impacto sobre as comunidades indígenas, como no caso da barragem de Belo Monte, deve ser obtido o consentimento dos povos indígenas direta ou indiretamente afetados por este projeto. Como certamente é de Vosso conhecimento, a ONU adotou recentemente uma nova iniciativa para a aplicação concreta da referida declaração. Até este momento porém, o Governo Brasileiro tem realizado audiências somente com alguns dos povos indígenas afetados, em contradição com a exigência expressa na Declaração de Direitos dos Povos Indígenas do consentimento livre, informado e prévio" no processo decisório. Atenciosamente,Rebecca Sommer, Representante da Associação para os Povos Ameaçados nas Nações Unidas
A Associação Brasileira de Antropologia: Apelo ao Governo Brasileiro para a suspensão Belo Monte
May 31, 2011...Cremos que a barragem de Belo Monte pode ser o início de um processo devastador caso o Brasil não divulgar informações sobre as estradas, represas e canais que ainda deverão ser construídos, sobre os projetos de exploração de recursos naturais e as clareiras que devem ser abertas para o desenvolvimento da agricultura. Todas estas atividades devem ser elaborados com a participação de todas as partes interessadas e garantir a proteção da floresta amazônica e dos que nela vivem…Atenciosamente, Rebecca Sommer - Representante da Associação para os Povos Ameaçados nas Nações Unidas.
Appell an die brasilianische Regierung: Sistierung des Bewilligungsprozesses des Staudamms Belo Monte
May 31, 2011...Die Erklärung für die Rechte der indigenen Völker der Vereinten Nationen verlangt, dass vor dem Beginn von Projekten und Bauten, die auf indigene Gemeinschaften Auswirkungen haben wie im Falle des Staudamms Belo Monte, das Einverständnis der direkt und indirekt betroffenen Indigenen eingeholt werden muss. Wie Ihnen sicherlich bekannt ist, hat die UNO kürzlich eine neue Initiative zur konkreten Umsetzung dieser Deklaration ergriffen. Rebecca Sommer, Repräsentantin der Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker International für die UNO.Sabrina Busani Associação para os Povos Ameaçados, Itália Rebecca Sommer Representante da Associação para os Povos Ameaçados nas Nações Unidas
Evento Parallelo: ONU Foro Permanente Dos Assuntos Indigenas
May 27, 2011 – Evento sobre Mineras Represas Energia - povos indigenas - Karim Abdian, Hector Huertas, Jill Carino, Rebecca Smmer, Tom Goldtooth, Azlene Kaingang…
Saisombun Spezialzone in Laos - was ist dort?
May 4, 2011…Ausserdem zeigt dort Rebecca Sommer, GfbV-Repräsentantin für indigene Völker bei den UNO in New York, erstmals vor kurzem aus Laos ..
Brasilien / UNO: Organisationen Amerikanischer Staaten (OAS) rügt Brasilien zu Belo Monte
29. Apr. 2011 – Als die GfbV-Vertreterin Rebecca Sommer an Belo Monte erinnerte und an die Aussage des UN-Sonderbeauftragten für indigene Völker. Ein dreiteiliges Video von Rebecca Sommer zum Thema Belo Monte Staudamm steht bei You Tube bereit.
Brasilianischer Diplomat Spricht bei den Vereinten Nationen uber die Rechte der Indigenen Volker und FPIC
Apr 29, 2011…Angesichts der jüngsten Rüge Brasiliens seitens der Interamerikanischen Kommission für Menschenrechte (IACHR) zur Nicht-Einhaltung der FPIC-Prinzipien, bezeichnet Rebecca Sommer die Entscheidung, einem Vertreter der brasilianischen Regierung eine Rede zu den Rechten der Indigenen im eigenen Land anzuvertrauen, als Zynismus.
“Hunted Like Animals” Film by Rebecca Sommer
Mar 22, 2011…In 2006, there was a hype in the Hmong community about the documentary by Rebecca Sommer, “Hunted Like Animals"... Fast forward five years. “Hunted Like Animals” was ready to be played on my laptop. I knew I wouldn’t be able to watch it alone, so I tried to recruit anyone…I choked back tears as I watched Hmong refugees in Huay Nam Khao (White Water), Thailand speak up about the atrocities in Laos…Although the stories the Hmong in White Water told are horrendous, it was much more traumatic to see footage of how the Hmong in hiding (called Caub Fab—pronounced Jao Fa) live…No matter how much I want to erase it, the image will always be there.
Feb 18, 2011…Documentary Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer with Indigenous leaders of the Alto Xingu Region
Rejecting REDD | Climate Connections
Feb 18, 2011…Activist and documentary filmmaker Rebecca Sommer filmed several statements from the Indigenous leaders of the Alto Xingu region. She has documented how certain co-opted NGOs try to convince the Indigenous Tribes that REDD is a good thing, how and why the Indigenous Peoples from the Upper Xingu don’t agree with it, and how they have NOT been informed about any of the problems and realities of the false solutions carbon market. Rebecca Sommers has made it her life’s work to inform the Indigenous Peoples of the dangers of REDD. She explained REDD in depth with the people speaking to many. She distributed brochures, text of the UNDROP, FPIC, REDD brochures, and had meetings with the Elders, paje’s, and leaders/casiques. She explained the truth about REDD to many indigenous teachers from various etnias indigenas.
Brasilien / Belo Monte: Teilgenehmigung für Mega-Staudamm bringt isoliertes Volk in große Gefahr
January 27, 2011…Recherchen der GfbV-Mitarbeiterin Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien im Herbst 2010 hatten die Gefährdung der im Einzugsgebiet des Xingu lebenden indigenen Völker und insbesondere des kleinen isoliert lebenden Volkes nachgewiesen.
Staudammbau bedroht in Isolation lebende Indigene (pdf)
Jan 2011… Im Rahmen einer Recherche über die möglichen Aus- wirkungen des Belo Monte-Staudamms stieß die GfbV-Aktivistin Rebecca Sommer kürzlich auf aktuelle Informationen über in Isola- tion lebende Indigene – dies in nur 70 km Entfernung von dem Ort, wo der Bau des Belo Monte-Staudamms geplant ist. Indigene, wel- che in derselben Region in offiziellen Schutzgebieten leben, teilten Rebecca mit, sie seien isoliert lebenden Indigenen begegnet. Vertreter der Indianerschutzbehörde FUNAI bestätigten der GfbV-Delegierten die Präsenz dieser Indigenen in dem Gebiet
(dazu finden Sie Videointerviews auf Rebecca Sommer's youtube channel sommerfilms)
GfbV Schweiz-Jahresbericht 2010 (pdf)
December 2010… Rebecca Sommer besuchte sodann während eines mehrmonatigen Aufenthaltes im Amazonas verschiedene indigene Gemeinschaften und dokumentierte deren Meinungen zum Staudammprojekt mit Film und Foto ausführlich. Diese Dokumentationen nutzte die GfbV, um ..
Den Belo Monte-Damm verhindern(pdf)
Dec 2010...Rebecca Sommer's Recherchen in Brasilien weisen nach, dass mit dem Bau des Megastaudamms eine groß angelegte Industrialisierung dieser Amazonasregion eingeleitet werden soll. Die im Einzugsgebiet des Xingu lebenden Indianer- völker und insbesondere eine kleine isoliert lebende indianische Gemeinschaft in unmittelbarere Nähe des Staudamms sind dadurch existenziell bedroht.
Belo Monte: Belege fur Bedrohung Unkontaktierter Indianer(Survival International)
Dec 27, 2010…Asurini Indianer sprechen über die Gefahren für unkontaktierte Gruppen mit Filmemacherin Rebecca Sommer.
Staudammprojekt in Brasilien - Belege fur Bedrohung Unkontaktierter Indianer
Dec 27, 2010…Asurini Indianer sprechen über die Gefahren für unkontaktierte Gruppen mit Filmemacherin Rebecca Sommer..
The forgotten people of Laos
26 Dec 2010 – A report by Rebecca Sommer was presented at the UN-Working group on Indigenous people in Geneva 2006, which unveiled the disturbing ...
Obama Reverses Bush Indigenous Rights Position (video)
Dec 17, 2010…Sommer's film documents the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Sommers captures the Indigenous questions: "What can you do when your land has been taken away from you, your culture destroyed and your language is dying? How does it feel when history books describe your ancestors as savages and the people who killed and displaced them are portrayed as heroes? Where can you go with your grievances, when the courts will not take your cases and the police treat you as an enemy?" When disaster strikes and atrocities are committed, the world looks to the United Nations to intervene, react and to help, but for the longest time, the doors of the UN were closed to indigenous peoples, and for decades they were left to fend for themselves." Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Vol.1" film brings to life the historic moment of human rights for indigenous peoples from around the world. It is a story of hope.
See filmmaker, Indigenous Human Rights defender, Rebecca Sommer's film:
CLICK:Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations, Vol.1 (Part1)
CLICK:Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations, Vol.1 (Part2)
CLICK:Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations, Vol.1 (Part3)
and her other videos at www.sommerfilms.org
Die Not der Unsichtbaren
Dec 2010…Von Rebecca Sommer. In Brasilien reiste ich entlang des Xingu-Flusses, um mögliche Auswirkungen des geplanten Megastaudamms Belo Monte zu erforschen. Denn trotz eines enormen internationalen Aufschreis der Öffentlichkeit und noch immer fortwährender Gerichtsverfahren werden derzeit in aller Eile Lizenzen vergeben sowie ernsthafte Bedenken von Experten gegen das Projekt ignoriert. Stattdessen soll der Bau des Damms noch 2010 beginnen. Doch zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt fehlen noch immer einige wichtige Studien über die Umweltverträglichkeit - was insbesondere auch indigene Territorien betrifft - von Belo Monte.
Brasilien: Belo Monte-Staudamm am Xingu-Fluss stoppen (Waldportal)
Dec 10, 2012…Recherchen der GfbV-Mitarbeiterin Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien weisen nach, dass mit dem Bau des Megastaudamms eine groß angelegte Industrialisierung dieser Amazonasregion eingeleitet werden soll.
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker reicht Beschwerde bei der Bundesanwaltschaft im Bundesstaat Pará ein
Dec 10, 2012…ist in großer Sorge um Angehörige indianischer Völker, die in Reservaten am Rio Xingu im brasilianischen Bundesstaat Pará leben und durch den geplanten Bau des Belo Monte-Staudamms akut gefährdet sind. Recherchen der GfbV-Ehrenamtlichen Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien weisen nach, dass mit dem Bau des Megastaudamms eine groß angelegte Industrialisierung dieser Amazonasregion eingeleitet werden soll.
Will a UN Climate-Change Solution Help Kuna Yala? (National Geographic)
Dec 8, 2010…Rebecca Sommer, an activist with the New York-based Society for Threatened Peoples International, says, “The World Bank has been focusing very heavily on winning the Kuna [for REDD], because few other indigenous groups are as influential.”
Povos indígenas na Amazônia estão ameaçados: representação ao MPF do Pará pede suspensão do processo de licenciamento de Belo Monte
Dec 7, 2010…A representação que recebeu o apoio de organizações não-governamentais do Brasil, da Europa e dos EUA, foi entregue oficialmente ao Ministério Público Federal do Pará, no dia 25 de novembro, durante o V Fórum Social Pan-Amazônico 2010.A representante da STP, Rebecca Sommer, colheu dezenas de depoimentos de lideranças dos povos indígenas da região do Xingu que manifestaram repetidamente suas preocupações e incertezas com o projeto. Depois de receberem declarações contraditórias das autoridades e empresas sobre as conseqüências diretas e indiretas da mega-barragem de Belo Monte e de nunca ter sido solicitada sua aprovação, os indígenas estão diante de uma realidade ainda mais assustadora.
Brazil: Amazonian Indigenous Peoples Are Threatened: Representatives Ask MPF Of Para To Suspend The Licensing Of Belo Monte
Dec 3, 2010…The representation that received the support of nongovernmental organizations in Brazil, Europe and the U.S., was officially delivered to the Federal Prosecutor of Pará, on 25 November, during the Fifth Pan-Amazonian Social Forum 2010. Rebecca Sommer collected dozens of testimonials from leaders of indigenous peoples in the Xingu region that have repeatedly expressed their concerns and uncertainties with the project. After receiving conflicting statements from the authorities and business about the direct and indirect consequences of mega-dam of Belo Monte and I have never been asked for its approval, the Indians are facing an even more daunting.
Xingu Vivo para Siempre (XVPS)
A representação que recebeu o apoio de organizações não-governamentais do Brasil, da Europa e dos EUA, foi entregue oficialmente ao Ministério Público Federal do Pará, no dia 25 de novembro, durante o V Fórum Social Pan-Amazônico 2010. ..Rebecca Sommer, colheu dezenas de depoimentos de lideranças dos povos indígenas da região do Xingu que manifestaram repetidamente suas preocupações e incertezas com o projeto. Depois de receberem declarações contraditórias das autoridades e empresas sobre as conseqüências diretas e indiretas da mega-barragem de Belo Monte e de nunca ter sido solicitada sua aprovação, os indígenas estão diante de uma realidade ainda mais assustadora.
Povos indígenas ameaçados por Belo Monte
Dec 2, 1010…A representante da STP, Rebecca Sommer, colheu dezenas de depoimentos de lideranças dos povos indígenas da região do Xingu que manifestaram repetidamente suas preocupações e incertezas com o projeto. Depois de receberem declarações contraditórias das autoridades e empresas sobre as conseqüências diretas e indiretas da mega-barragem de Belo Monte e de nunca ter sido solicitada sua aprovação, os indígenas estão diante de uma realidade ainda mais assustadora.
Brasilien: NGOs wollen Staudamm am Xingu-Fluss Stoppen
Dec 1, 2010…Recherchen der GfbV-Mitarbeiterin Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien ... zu den Rechten indigener Völker zum Schutz der Ureinwohnerrechte ...
Rebecca Sommer und Telma Monteiro reichen Beschwerde wegen den Indigenen in freiwilliger isolierung bei der Bundesanwaltschaft im Bundesstaat Pará ein um Belo Monte-Staudamm am Xingu-Fluss zu stoppen
Dec 1, 2010…Recherchen der STPI-Ehrenamtlichen Representantin zu den Vereinten Nationen Rebecca Sommer in Brasilien weisen nach, dass mit dem Bau des Megastaudamms eine groß angelegte Industrialisierung dieser Amazonasregion eingeleitet werden soll….insbesondere eine kleine isoliert lebende indianische Gemeinschaft in unmittelbarere Nähe des Staudamms sind damit existenziell bedroht.
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Statement from Elder Circle of the Indigenous Peoples Maya at Klimaforum10
Nov 27, 2010…Human Rights and Climate Justice seminars with Maya Elders and Maya Youth organized by Rebecca Sommer resulted in two Declarations. One from the ELDER CIRCLE of the Indigenous Peoples Maya, at Klimaforum10…the Declaration Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico "Shared vision of our knowledge and of our feelings about the UN Conference of Climate Change" and....
Brasilien: Rebecca Sommer fordert Schutz der Unkontaktierten Indigenen Im Gebiet Des Megastaudamms Belo Monte
Nov 17, 2010….Im Rahmen einer Recherche über die möglichen Auswirkungen des Belo Monte-Staudamms ist Rebecca Sommer, Vertreterin der GfbV kürzlich auf aktuelle Informationen über unkontaktierte Indigene gestoßen – und dies in nur 70 km Entfernung von dem Ort, an dem der Bau des Belo Monte-Staudamms geplant ist. Indigene, welche in derselben Region in offiziellen Schutzgebieten leben, teilten der GfbV-Vertreterin Rebecca Sommer mit, sie seien unkontaktierten Indigenen begegnet. Auch Vertreter der Indianerschutzbehörde FUNAI bestätigten ihr dies…
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Rebecca Sommer's (STPI) offizielle Beschwerde an Brasilien in Deutscher Übersetzung CLICK HERE
NGOWatch | The NGOs & Conservation Groups That Are Bargaining Away Our Future
Aug 25, 2010…By Cory Morningstar. Rebecca Sommer filmed several statements from the Indigenous leaders of the Alto Xingu region. See her videos and photographs below: Indigenous Peoples Alto Xingu: River poisoned by soy plantations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcOwNvXhI0M
REDD | A False Solution | Documentary Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer with Indigenous Leaders of Alto Xingu Region
Aug 25, 2010…Friend and fellow activist / documentary film maker Rebecca Sommer filmed several statements from the Indigenous leaders of the Alto Xingu region. See her videos and photographs below:
CLICK:Video River poisoned by soy plantations despite complaints
CLICK:Video Indigenous leader Aritana complaints about hydroelectic dams
CLICK:Video Indigenous Leader Alto Xingu complaints about soy plantations
CLICK:Video NGOs - Stop pushing us for REDD!
CLICK:Video Leader Aritana Yawalapiti about BELO MONTE
Tell The Us To Endorse The Un Declaration On Indigenous Rights
Jul 23, 2010...To learn about the history and importance of the Declaration, see: • Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations - An eye-opening and heartfelt documentary by filmmaker and human rights advocate Rebecca Sommer, about the pressing issues faced by indigenous peoples around the world.
Soziale Folgen Des Bodenschatzabbaus
Apr 28, 2010 – Soziale Folgen des Bodenschatzabbaus ... Foto: Rebecca Sommer. ... des italienischen Studienzentrums für umweltbedingte soziale Konflikte.
Rebecca Sommer's documentary screening today at Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival
Apr 25, 2010 – Hibbard Humanities Hall 323. Directed by Rebecca Sommer [US/Hmong], 2007, 77 minutes...The traumatized refugees have not been promised protection or help. Instead, they are threatened with deportation back to Laos, the very place from which they barely escaped. In this documentary, the refugees speak for thousands of voiceless people still trapped in the jungle, surrounded by Lao and Vietnamese s soldiers — and hunted like animals.
Indigenous Peoples Rights In The Americas
Apr 10, 2010…Robert Coulter talks about the State of Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Americas and recent developments in Human Rights and International Law. Robert Coulter is a member of the Potawatomi Nation and Executive Director of the Indian Law Resource Center (ILRC)…You may also watch Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Vol. 1. A film by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
HUNTEL LIKE ANIMALS - Eau Claire Progressive Film Festival
Apr 4, 2010…Directed by Rebecca Sommer [US/Hmong], 2007, 77 minutes,... When the U.S. pulled out of Southeast Asia in 1975 and the Lao kingdom ...
Shame on Brazil: Stop the Amazon Mega-Dam Project Belo Monte!
Mar 11, 2010…By Rebecca Sommer. International groups expressed in a joint letter their outrage and opposition against Brazil's plan to build Belo Monte, a mega-hydroelectric project…
European Commission Position on Carbon Markets Undermines UN Climate Convention
Mar 11, 2010 – By Rebecca Sommer.The proposals from the European Commission on post-Copenhagen climate policy that were released on March 10, 2010 will undermine the UN negotiations on climate change, warns a group of forest campaigners. They say the report paves the way for highly volatile carbon markets that jeopardize forest-dependent peoples’ livelihoods, and urges policymakers to focus on domestic emission cuts and finance for forest conservation and restoration instead.
Internationales fPcN Filmfestival - Indigene Volker - Film Award fur Filmmemacherin Rebecca Sommer, Sommerfilms
Febr 2, 2010…Die fPcN Mitgliedsorganisation United World of Indigenous Peoples/UWIP hat zusammen mit der Masaryk Universität und dem Moravian Stadt Museum ein indigenes Filmfestival Native and Indigenous Film Fest (NAIFF)organisiert. Film Award Rebecca Sommer…
Hmong Advocates Say U.S. Government Stood Idle During Eviction
January 10, 2010…Rebecca Sommer is a German-born filmmaker and activist whose documentary film "Hunted Like Animals" included footage captured by Hmong refugees targeted by the Lao government and fleeing through the jungles, some on their way to Thai refugee camps. Sommer has worked with the United Nations on Hmong refugee issues for years. She said it has been clear for some time that the Thai government planned to send refugees back, but that officials had repeatedly made assurances that those known to be veterans of the Secret War would not be deported. Those veterans, who fought alongside Americans in a CIA-backed effort against the communist regime in Laos, are thought to be at particular risk from the Lao government. Sommer, a representative for a human rights organization with consultative status to the United Nations, said she personally received those assurances from Thai government officials.
UNPO: Hmong: U.S. Rebuked Over Weak Response to Evictions
Jan 11, 2010...Sommer said she would make a call, with "a very loud scream," for the Lao government to allow observers into the camp. "Not this high-level so-called NGO (non-governmental organization)" that could be subject to official manipulation, she said. "We want to go in. My organization specifically, we demand to be let in. ... We want access together with the Hmong delegation. They all have to have the right to come and see their relatives -- with no Lao military breathing down their necks."
VIDEO:The Shameful Truth: "How Laos Treats Repatriated Refugees"
Jan 9, 2010…Sommer said she has heard reports from more than one source of Hmong refugees in Laos being tortured, forced to work and kept in a cell with standing water up to the knees, unable to lie down or to sleep. To watch Rebecca Sommer's video clip CLICK:The Shameful Truth:How Laos Treats Repatriated Refugees
Call for “system change not climate change” unites global movement (Via Camesina)
Jan 7, 2010…Corrupt Copenhagen ‘accord’ exposes gulf between peoples demands and elite interests..Climate Justice Now!…Rebecca Sommer…
Menschenrechtler: Hmong werden gefoltert (FAZ)
31.12.2009…Rebecca Sommer in New York sagte der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung am Mittwoch, zwei Anführer der abgeschobenen Hmong seien unmittelbar nach ihrer Ankunft in Laos gefoltert worden. 24 weitere Anführer seien von den übrigen Hmong isoliert worden, sagte Frau Sommer unter Berufung auf Telefongespräche, die sie mit einigen der Abgeschobenen geführt habe.
Hmong: Das Elend Der Bergbewohner (FAZ)
Dec 31, 2009...Was die Hmong in dem kommunistischen Land erwartet, schildert Rebecca Sommer, die Vertreterin der Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker (GfbV) in New York, die Kontakt mit einigen der Flüchtlinge hat: Unmittelbar nach der Ankunft seien zwei Anführer der Hmong gefoltert worden, 24 weitere seien sofort von den anderen isoliert worden.
United Nations Climate Change Negotiations: Indigenous People in Copenhagen Concerned About REDD
Dec 10, 2009…By Rebecca Sommer. Most human rights and environmental groups say that REDD will inevitably give more control over Indigenous Peoples’ forests to state forest departments, loggers, miners, plantation companies, traders, lawyers, speculators, brokers, Washington conservation organizations and Wall Street, resulting in violations of rights, loss of livelihood – and, ultimately, more forest loss.
UNFCCC, COP15: Indigenous Delegates at Climate Conference: REDD Not Fixable Nor Reformable - Don’t Greenwash REDD
Dec 10, 2009…By Rebecca Sommer. At the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Indigenous participants are increasingly concerned about REDD. The pattern is already being repeated in REDD. Out of 100 pilot projects – almost all of them connected with carbon trading – many are already stained with the blood of the Indigenous and other peoples they claim to benefit, involving land grabs, evictions, human rights violations, fraud and militarization. In Kenya, the Mau forest is being made “ready” for a UNEP-funded carbon offset project by forceful and often violent eviction of its inhabitants, including the Indigenous Ogiek People.[xiii] In Papua New Guinea, carbon traders are accused of coercing villagers to “to sign over the rights to their forests” for REDD.[xiv]
WRM Publications on REDD
Dec 10, 2009…Indigenous Delegates at the Climate Change Convention in Copenhagen - By Rebecca Sommer.
Dec 10, 2009…Lending further support to earlier claims that the government of Laos was persecuting the Hmong, filmmaker Rebecca Sommer documented first-hand accounts in her documentary, Hunted Like Animals, and in a comprehensive report which includes summaries of claims made by the refugees and was submitted to the U.N. in May 2006.
Sept 1, 2009…‘No embassies, journalists or NGOs are allowed to witness the repatriations so it’s difficult to know what’s happening,’ says Rebecca Sommer, director of the film Hunted Like Animals which documents the struggles of the Hmong in the mountain areas of Laos. ‘What we do know is many are simply disappearing; we suspect they are being imprisoned, tortured and executed.’
The Hmong Cause
Aug 22, 2009...Rebecca Sommer, a freelance documentary filmmaker, went to Thailand and made a documentary. I warn you, it is graphic. It needs to be in order to demonstrate the urgency of the situation. Visit her web site, www.sommerfilms.org and view segments of the documentary, Hunted Like Animals.
Lao Soldiers Decapitate Two Month Old Girl-Ahead of Senator Webb’s Visit
Aug 21, 2009…video footage smuggled out of Laos in 2004 that documents the aftermath of the killing and brutalization of five Hmong children, four of them girls, on May 19 2004. That footage was used in the graphic documentary, “Hunted Like Animals,” by Rebecca Sommer. Clips can be viewed at YouTube channel ’sommerfilms’ but they contain highly graphic content.
To watch the video:"Hunted Like Animals" (sommerfilms youtube channel)
Two Month Old Killed to Stifle 'Religious' Dissent
Aug 21, 2009…The videos are available at RebeccaSommer.org, but ICC warns the clips are "highly graphic." The website warns that no children should view the clips…According to the RebeccaSommers.org website, the Hmong people of southeast Asia, many of whom cooperated with American forces during the Vietnam War, still are hunted and killed for actions of four decades ago.
Universitetet i Tromsø
Aug 2, 2009…Rebecca Sommer: Permanent Forum - First Session, 2003, Society for Threatened Peoples (Video) Rebecca Sommer: The Adoption of the Declaration (DVD)
The Destiny of the Indigenous Khmer-Krom People
Aug 8, 2009…The documentary film produced by Ms. Rebecca Sommer, entitled “Eliminated Without Bleeding”, was clearly illustrated about the atrocity committed by the Vietnamese Communist Government against the Khmer-Krom people.
Hmong worldwide revere Vang Pao, 'the General'
Jul 21, 2009…A searing documentary released in 2006 by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Rebecca Sommer includes footage of emaciated Hmong living on the run in jungle camps, foraging for food and shelter. The film's title – "Hunted Like Animals" – has become a rallying cry for Hmong young and old.
Indigenous Peoples "MAY 2nd REVOLT" at the United Nations PFII
Jul 2, 2009...Indigenous Peoples representatives and organizations held a protest at the May 2 2008 conclusion of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in the United Nations headquarters, in New York. They were angered by the final Report of the Permanent Forum on Climate Change, which ignored Indigenous Peoples stated concerns about carbon trading projects (REDD), Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
US Lawmakers Press Thailand on Hmong Refugees (AFP)
Jul 19, 2009...A searing documentary released in 2006 by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Rebecca Sommer includes footage of emaciated Hmong living on the run in jungle camps, foraging for food and shelter. The film's title – Hunted Like Animals – has become a rallying cry for Hmong young and old.
United Nations Permanent Forum & REDD: Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples & U.N. credibility
May 29, 2009…The May Revolt occurred on May 2, 2008, on the very last day of the 7th session of the UNPFII. An excellent video of the revolt and interviews with Tom Goldtooth, Art Manuel and others was produced by activist Rebecca Sommer for Earth Peoples and can be found on youtube. "I guess the honeymoon is over in terms of indigenous people feeling that their comments that they come here to make will be included in the statement by the Permanent Forum' explains Art Manuel in an interview included in the video. Credibility was a question here, you know? And that's what the, I think that's what the people who were stating their position were - or they're stating their objections - were saying that the credibility of the Permanent Forum is in question.
Commodification of the Sacred: UN-Truths, Lies and False Solutions
May 21, 2009 – (30 min) a documentary screened at the United Nations in NYC by Rebecca Sommer, featuring the protest of ... Opening and Prayer: Tom Goldtooth and Barbara James Snyder ...
Commodification of the Sacred: UN-Truths, Lies and False Solutions
May 21, 2009…Side event at UN organized by Rebecca Sommer for EarthPeoples and IEN. Filmscreening of "Indigenous Elders From The North: “Carbon Trading Not Ethical”, a video produced by Rebecca Sommer.
To watch the video:"Indigenous Elders From The North: “Carbon Trading Not Ethical”
Flüchtlingstragödie: Hmong-Flüchtlingen aus Laos droht Hungerkatastrophe
19. Mai 2009 Wegen der dramatischen Entwicklung der Situation in Thailand ist eine Delegation der US-Hmong-Gemeinde mit der GfbV-Expertin Rebecca Sommer am vergangenen Sonntag nach New York gereist. Bei den Vereinten Nationen wird die Delegation den UN-Sondergesandten für die Menschenrechtssituation und grundlegenden Freiheiten indigener Völker, James Anaya, treffen. Der Gesandte Thailands bei den UN lehnte ein Treffen mit den Delegierten ab. Um einen Notfallplan für die Hmong-Flüchtlinge auszuarbeiten, sucht die Delegation auch die Unterstützung der EU, der USA, Kanadas sowie weiterer Länder.
Hmong: Resettlement Of Refugees
Apr 28, 2009 ..Sommer urges anyone interested in the subject to watch her eight minute video about one group of children who, when forced back to Laos, escaped and fled once again to Thailand. “These young refugee girls are damaged for life. What they endured is terrible. Their testimonies, the testimonies of obviously traumatized children, should sound alarm bells regarding how other returnees could be treated once back in Laos.”
False Solutions to Climate Change: Launch of the Indigenous Peoples Guide
Apr 24, 2009…Indigenous Peoples worldwide have suffered from nuclear energy and nuclear testing, fossil fuel extraction, big dams and plantations. Now comes more destruction in the name of saving the climate.
Launch of the Indigenous Peoples Guide - False Solutions to Climate Change
Apr 22, 2009…Two weeks ago in the most southern region on Earth, an ice shelf the size of Jamaica broke free in Antarctica. This week, in one of the most northern regions on Earth, over 500 Indigenous Peoples are meeting at the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change.
Launch of the Indigenous Peoples Guide: "False Soluntions To Climate Change"
Apr 22, 2009…“We published a quick guide to the truth about false solutions to climate change. These market-based scams allow polluters to avoid reducing their pollution, continue to destroy nature and make millions while they are at it,” said Rebecca Sommer, from the Society for Threatened Peoples International, a human rights NGO with consultative status to the UN.“We created this guide together with a group of human and environmental rights organizations because we feel that it is very important that people know what is really going on, so that they can fight back,” she added. You can download the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ GUIDE “False Solutions To Climate Change”here
Rebecca Sommer's Human Rights Documentary "Hunted Like Animals" at Amnesty International Film Festival (pdf)
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Jahresbericht 2008 (pdf)
Dec 31, 2008 . . .Seit 2006 engagiert sich unsere US-Repräsentantin Rebecca Sommer nahezu Tag und Nacht für die Dschungel- Hmong. Sie steht in Telefonkontakt zu den thailändischen Behörden, den UN, der deutschen Botschaft, dem Auswärtigen Amt, US-Behörden und Hmong im US-Exil. So konnten wir die Vorgänge in Thailand genauestens dokumentieren. Im August baten wir unsere Mitglieder und Förderer, sich an unserer Postkartenaktion für die Hmong-Flüchtlinge an den König Thailands zu beteiligen. Wir bekamen viele Rückmeldungen, einige Leser wollten sich bei Thailand-Urlauben sogar selbst ein Bild von der Lage machen.
Jahresbericht 2008 - UNO und Europarat (pdf)
2008… war die GfbV wieder bei Klimakonferenzen und anderen internationalen Zusammenkünften der Vereinten Nationen (UN) mit Delegierten (Rebecca Sommer) vertreten. ….Allerdings hat die Lobby-Arbeit in Genf für die GfbV nicht mehr den hohen Stellenwert wie früher. Doch wenn es sich zeitlich einrichten lässt, beteiligen wir uns mit schriftlichen und mündlichen Eingaben sowohl im Rat als auch im UPR-Verfahren.
UN-Klimakonferenz in Posen-Ureinwohner von den Ergebnissen enttäuscht
Dec 12, 2008…Die Ureinwohner haben während der Konferenz deutlich machen können, dass ihre Gemeinschaften, die weder Treibhausgase verursachen noch Wälder zerstören, besonders stark von klimabedingten Stürmen, Flutwellen, Erdrutschen, Dürren oder Hungersnöten stärker als jede andere Bevölkerungsgruppe betroffen sind", berichtete GfbV Representantinn Rebecca Sommer vor Ort in Posen.
Bests 2008 KIDS FIRST! Award for Rebecca Sommer's children film "Thary, A Day in My Village in Vietnam"
2008….Bests 2008 Awards held at the prestigeous Academy of Television ARts & Sciences in Hollywood: Thary, A Day in My Village in Vietnam- by filmmaker Rebecca Sommer, SommerFilms. To watch video click here
Shen Zhou International Film festival Award for "Hunted Like Animals" 的導演REBECCA SOMMER榮獲人權獎。
Dec 1, 2008...第二屆神州國際電影節評選出三大獎項， 德國影片《Hunted Like Animals》的導演REBECCA SOMMER榮獲人權獎，因導演沒出席，有關人員代領獎盃。
Rebecca Sommer's Hunted Like Animals at 4ff Film Festival - Bolzano 17/25 Ottobre 2008
Oct 17-25, 2008…Rebecca Sommer has earned a reputation as an outstanding personality in many fields…Hunted Like Animals at off Film festival Bolzano received the WorldFest 2008 SILVER REMI Award; Houstain Film Festival; Official Selection Amnesty International Film Festival, 2008;…
Panamanian Indigenous Leaders Condemn Carbon Marker Solutions at D.C. HEARING
Oct 28, 2008…Reporting by Rebecca Sommer. “The Clean Development Mechanism will be used to finance the destruction of our homelands,” say representatives of the Naso and Ngobe people in the Central American republic of Panama.
UN Paves The Way For A Massive Land Grab
Oct 1, 2008 ... Various Indigenous representatives are opposed to UN-REDD. On 25 April 2008, the last day of the 7th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Hqrs in NYC, the Indigenous Caucus of the Americas attempted to present a statement against REDD.As the Caucus was called out of order by the Chair, a protest ensued and Caucus members threatened to walk out. Security was called. A peacefully outcome resulted when the Chair allowed the Caucus representative to read the statement. To watch the video (by Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer) from the protest against REDD at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:"The 2nd MAY REVOLT at the UNPFII"
UN Admits Carbon Reduction Scheme Threatens Indigenous Lands And Forests, Proceeds Regardless
Sept 28, 2008 ... In carefully phrased UN language, the document further acknowledges that REDD could cause severe human rights violations and be disastrous for the poor because it could "marginalize the landless and those with communal use-rights." This is tantamount to the UN recognizing that REDD could undermine indigenous peoples and local communities rights to the usage and ownership of their lands. Could it be that the UN is paving the way for a massive land grab? To watch the video from the protest against REDD at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:"The 2nd MAY REVOLT at the UNPFII"
NGO COMMITTEE ON MIGRATION
Sept 11, 2008…Rebecca Sommer a film maker and a representative for Earth Peoples showed and discussed the film she made in celebration of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. This document was signed last year by all member states with the exception of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. She announced that it would be possible for Committee on Migration members to get a copy of the DVD from the Indigenous Forum or by emailing her.
Aufruhr der indigenen Vertreter beim Permanenten Forum der UN: DIE MAI REVOLTE
July 2008...Von Katja Wolf und Rebecca Sommer . . .Im Rahmen von REDD können Firmen damit sogenannte CO²-Fallen kaufen - also Bäume im Süden. Im Gegenzug können sie beispielsweise fossile Brennstoffproduktionen und andere Energiegewinnungsmaßnahmen auf der Nordhalbkugel weiter ausbauen und die dadurch erhöhte CO²-Emission wieder "ausgleichen". Bereits während der ersten Woche des PFII brachten Vertreter indigener Völker in zahlreichen Stellungnahmen ihren Widerstand gegen die REDD-Initiative zum Ausdruck.
Indigenous Protest in the UN
June 3, 2008 ... Indigenous Peoples representatives and organizations held a protest during the final day of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) two weeks ago. The delegates were angered over the Permanent Forums decision to endorse the World Banks REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries) initiative, and various other -carbon market solutions- to climate change ... Finally, to watch Rebecca Sommers video on the revolt Video
The United Nations Censors Indigenous People At A Forum For Indigenous Peoples
June 2, 2008 ... Well, on May 2nd, after being ignored ignored throughout the entire session, the Indigenous representatives stood up and demanded the right to speak?. And then UN security was called in to remove them! Everyone left peacefully, and a short while later the Forum clued in on what it had done (censored indigenous people at a forum for indigenous people) and told the delegates they could go ahead and speak. However, it must be stated that this now makes it three times the UN has acted to suppress indigenous voices since the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People was passed in September, 2007. The first time, of course, was at the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Bali. And the second time, during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in February, 2008. At least the Indigenous delegates were allowed to speak this time. Of course, no amount of words are going to matter when the people who need to hear them have already chosen their course - a fact the UN Permanent Forum ended up reaffirming beyond all doubt. They kept the offensive statements in their report, word for word.
The 2nd of May Revolt at the UN Forum on Indigenous Peoples
June 2, 2008...The United Nations censors indigenous people at a forum for indigenous people……Rebecca Sommer is in the midst of producing a video documentary about “the 2nd OF MAY REVOLT” at the recent session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York. It’s on youtube right now (watch Video) if you’re interested...
The 2nd Of MAY REVOLT At The UNPFII
June 2, 2008 ... Rebecca Sommer is in the midst of producing a video documentary about -the 2nd OF MAY REVOLT- at the recent session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York. It's on youtube right now if your are interested.
Let's Talk: The UN and Indigenous Peoples
May 30, 2008...As I reported last week in this column, the video of armed guards entering the permanent forum startled many participants, including many North Americans and others who more than a week later became aware of the conflict through a posting on YouTube. See the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtORVi7GybY. Indigenous leaders of the permanent forum, among them those who in past decades demonstrated for admittance to the United Nations, were equally startled to realize that some participants felt the need to demonstrate in the forum.
Indigenous Peoples ignored In Own UN Forum: Elitist Business As Usual
May 21, 2008...Here is PART 1 of Indigenous Peoples UN Forum - MAY REVOLT 2008 by Rebecca Sommer (uploaded to youtube). Indigenous Peoples representatives and organizations held a protest at the May 2 2008 conclusion of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York.
Indigenous Groups Sound The REDD Alert
May 21, 2008 ... Unfortunately many governments, industry and institutions (and sadly some NGOs as well) seem unwaivering in their blinkered pursuit of free-market environmentalist solutions like carbon trading instead of supporting real solutions to climate change. Fortunately there is opposition to this dead-end strategy of market gimmickry. Fortunately you can see a video of the encounter first hand filmed by Rebecca Sommer with commentary by First Nations leader and representative of Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, Arthur Manuel, and Indigenous Environment Network?s Tom Goldooth.
Indigenous Rights Groups Demand Right to Speak at United Nations
May 9, 2008 ... Lopez said on behalf of the South American Caucus, that, despite the oral amendments to document E/C.19/2008/L.2 as read by the Forum Rapporteur, the text did not reflect the concerns of Indigenous Peoples about emissions and deforestation. The list of recommendations it contained would reflected the opinions of the UNPFII's experts and not the positions of indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Peoples Protest Carbon Trading at the UN
May 3rd, 2008 ... Indigenous Peoples attending the 7th session of the Permanent Forum are profoundly concerned that our key recommendations on climate change are not being taken into account by the Permanent Forum. This Permanent Forum was created precisely to recognize, promote, and support the rights of Indigenous Peoples, says Florina Lopez, Coordinator of the Indigenous Womens Biodiversity Network of Abya Yala. Throughout the two weeks of the Permanent Forum, Indigenous community representatives have consistently testified about the injustices associated with the clean development mechanism projects and have asked that the Permanent Forum not promote the projects. However, in the final report of the Permanent Forum adopted today, these injustices have been ignored.
Indigenous Peoples: Carbon Trading is Permission to Pollute
May 2, 2008 ... Indigenous Peoples attending the Permanent Forum are outraged that their rejection of the carbon market has been ignored in the final report of the 7th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The final report of the PFII hails World Bank funded carbon trading, like the Clean Development Mechanism, as -good examples- of partnership despite the human rights violations and environmental destruction they have caused.
Bests 2008 KIDS FIRST! Award for Rebecca Sommer's children film "Thary, A Day in My Village in Vietnam"
April 19-25, 2008...Bests 2008 Awards held at the prestigeous Academy of Television ARts & Sciences in Hollywood: Thary, A Day in My Village in Vietnam- by filmmaker Rebecca Sommer, SommerFilms. To watch click Video "Thary, A Day in My Village in Vietnam" here
UA Hmong Students Take a Stand Against Genocide
Apr 17, 2008 ... in power after the US pulled out of southeast Asia in 1975, according to footage in the documentary "Hunted Like Animals" by filmmaker Rebecca Sommer.
Trouble Ahead - Rebecca Sommer is Encouraging Hmong groups in the US to Take to the Streets
Mar 28, 2008...German film-maker and human rights advocate Rebecca Sommer is encouraging Hmong groups in the US to take to the streets - to protest against Thailand's plans to send back 8,000 Hmong who fled Laos to a refugee camp in Phetchabun. Sommer spent many days at Huay Nam Khao in Phetchabun interviewing Hmong refugees for her documentary 'Hunted Like Animals' and strongly opposes forced repatriation of the Hmong. Her film has been selected for showing at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Amsterdam this weekend.
Rebecca Sommer's Human Rights Documentary Receives Lowell Film Festival Award
Mar 27, 2008 ... Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A. Lowell Film Festival Shorts Contest Award Ceremony.
Rebecca Sommer's Indigenous Peoples Documentary Will be Screened at Montreal Human Rights Film Festival
Mar 4, 2008...While the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has the opportunity to serve as an important catalyst, history will determine whether it ensures that the voices of the indigenous peoples are heard, and if it achieves real change and protections for indigenous peoples," she added. Rebecca Sommer is frustrated with the latest rules by the UN PFII, which institute more restrictions for indigenous peoples to show their issues in film format: It is against Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN itself!" she told HNN.
WATCH VIDEO: Rebecca Sommer's film at Montreal Human Rights Film Festival
Febr 29, 2008...INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE UNITED NATIONS,Vol.1 to be screened March 29th at 3 pm at the Cinéma du Parc in Montreal at the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. The film received the New York Festivals International Film & Video Award, Documentaries, 2008. An eye-opening and heartfelt documentary made by filmmaker and human rights advocate Rebecca Sommer, about the pressing issues faced by indigenous peoples around the world.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE UNITED NATIONS,Vol.1 - Rebecca Sommer's film selecetd by Oxford Brookes University Human Rights Film Festival
Febr 25, 2008...to be screened Wednesday 5th March 2008, Main Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University, 6pm, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations (Rebecca Sommer, 2006, 30 mins). Rebecca Sommer's straightforward documentary, containing interviews with officials from the UN family, governments, politicians and indigenous communities, was created to raise-awareness on pressing issues faced by indigenous peoples around the world.
HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS- Rebecca Sommer Officially Selected by Amnesty International Filmfestival
Febr 23, 2008...a film by Rebecca Sommer, to be screened March 29, 14:30 PM and 30 March, 18:00 PM, 2008 - Studio K 2, at Amnesty International Film Festival.
To watch Amnesty International Filmfestival Trailor: "Hunted Like Animals"
ELIMINATED WITHOUT BLEEDING - Rebecca Sommer Received New York Festivals International Film&Video Finalist Award
Jan 20, 2008... is a one-hour documentary on the Khmer Krom indigenous peoples from the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam. The Khmer Krom explain how they are oppressed and eliminated as a peoples. There is no freedom of speech, religion or culture. Aggressively Vietnam-ized, the Khmer Krom struggle to maintain their way of life and identity. Received the New York Festivals International Film & Video Award, Documentaries, 2008. The New York Festivals International Film & Video Awards recognize The World's Best Work in film and video.
Digital Activists Expose Abuse at United Nations Human Rights Day (BBC)
Dec 11, 2007...The power of online video to document human rights abuse and raise international awareness was the subject of a panel discussion on technology and social change convened at the United Nations on Monday as part of celebrations commemorating Human Rights Day.-Human rights abusers are using the same tools to put propaganda videos on sites like YouTube - said panellist Rebecca Sommer, an independent filmmaker.
Human Rights Day at the United Nations Headquarters - Panelist Rebecca Sommer, Independent Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist
Dec 10, 2007...Panel discussion: Digital Dignity: New Media and Human Rights This year, Human Rights Day (10 December 2007) serves as the launch of a year-long commemoration leading up to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme for both the day and the year, summarizing the very essence of the Declaration, is Dignity and justice - for all of us.
60th Anniversary Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day at the United Nations Headquarters
Dec 10, 2007...Panel discussion sponsored by OHCHR and UN DPI. In an installment of the “New Human Rights Dialogue” series of interactive panel discussions, a panel of bloggers, texters, filmmakers, and human rights defenders explore the use of the world’s newest technologies to combat the world’s worst atrocities. Watch the discussion with panelist Rebecca Sommer "Digital Dignity: New Media and Human Rights"
Hmong Genocide Goes Unnoticed
Dec 6, 2007...For the Hmong not in refugee camps, they are trapped, lost in a world of death and hunger. The Fact Finding Commission as well as Rebecca Sommer's Hunted Like Animals documentary has compiled evidence and graphic images that prove there is genocide going on against the Hmong in Laos.
The Crest Theater was screening the Rebecca Sommer film called HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS
Oct 31, 2007…Tonight was not unlike any other Tuesday night. Great Grandparents, grandparents, mothers, fathers, baby's, teenagers and children of all ages waited patiently and fumbled with the ticket machines. One could sumarise that this was the first time they had ever used Regional Transit. It brought a smile to my face, and I hoped for a stress & thuggery free ride into Downtown...It was truly promising & encouraging to see all these people getting on the train for a ride. But why I wondered?At City College, I lowered my ramp for the Tuesday regulars and scanned the front half of the seats for someone in the group that I could strike up a conversation with to find out what event or rally or whatever everyone was headed to. I found her: She simply replied HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS.
Assemblymember Jones Held Free Screening of HUNTED LIKE ANILANS at Chest Theatre
Oct 30, 2008 ...Assemblymember Jones held a free screening of Hunted Like Animals at the Crest Theatre. Hunted Like Animals is an eye-opening documentary about the ongoing human rights violations of the Hmong people in the jungles of Laos. The film?s director, Rebecca Sommer, traveled from New York to take part in the event (pictured with Jones above). Following the screening, a panel of experts spoke on the topic (pictured above).
HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS to be Shown at University of Wisconsin's Wausau Campus
Oct 7, 2007 ...The documentary film Hunted Like Animals will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, In Room 233 at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County in Wausau.
INDIGNEOUS PEOPLES AND THE UN, Vol 1 - Rebecca Sommer Receives the New York Festivals International Film & Video Finalist Award
Oct 1, 2007...Rebecca Sommer's film INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND THE UNITED NATIONS received the New York Festivals International Film & Video Award, Internatinal Affairs, 2007. It is a thirty-minute long documentary, to promote and raise-awareness on indigenous issues within the UN system, to politicians and diplomats. It was commissioned by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
Hunted Like Animals at UWMC
Oct 2, 2007...It is not often that a re-run is an important event, but this is one of those occaisions. UWMC is showing again the film, Hunted Like Animals, which is a documentary by Rebecca Sommers about the genocide of the Hmong people in Laos. The film will be shown on October 10 at 7 pm in the college theater.
Diskussion zur "UN-Deklaration über die Rechte der Indigenen Völker” Rebecca Sommers Veranstaltung in New York ein voller Erfolg
Aug 15, 2007…Trotz des vollen Zeitplans der Vereinten Nationen anlässlich des Internationalen Tages der Indigenen Völker am 9. August 2007 hielt Rebecca Sommer einen special event. Rebecca Sommers Veranstaltung zu einer Diskussion der "UN-Deklaration über die Rechte der Indigenen Völker" in New York war ein voller Erfolg.
Diskussion zur "UN-Deklaration über die Rechte der Indigenen Völker” - Rebecca Sommers Veranstaltung in New York ein voller Erfolg (pdf)
15. August 2007….Mehr als 200 Personen füllten den Saal – kein einziger Sitzplatz war mehr frei, viele mussten sogar stehen. Unter den Besuchern der von der GfbV mitgetragenen Veranstaltung, die von unserer New Yorker Repräsentantin Rebecca Sommer organisiert wurde, waren Elsa Stamatopoulou vom Permanenten Forum der UN für Indigene Angelegenheiten (UNPFII) sowie zahlreiche Vertreter von Ständigen Vertretungen von Staaten bei den Vereinten Nationen – darunter zwei der Ständigen Vertretung Deutschlands. Der mit besonderer Spannung erwarteten Filmvorführung von Sommers Dokumentation Discussions on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples folgte eine äußerst lebhafte Diskussionsrunde, die von Dr. Jonas Jølle von der Ständigen Vertretung Norwegens moderiert wurde.
Special Event: Screening of Rebecca Sommer's lobby video "The U.N. DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES"
August 9, 2007…This program is sponsored by the NGO Committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and Earth Peoples. Screening of Documentary: "DISCUSSIONS ON THE U.N. DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES". * Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer will be present. to watch sample video clips click: VIDEO here .
FILM RALLIES YOUTHS TO HMONG CAUSE
July 3, 2007...Video says thousands still in Laos jungle are hunted by troops. Rebecca Sommer recounts the plight of the Hmong in Laos, especially women and children, who she says are not part of any resistance and need international help to come out safely. Sommer describes her documentary as "an insider film for the U.N. and governments, but it has inspired protests in Sacramento and nationwide.
‘If they would see you, you would die’: Many Hmong Resettled in Madison After Fleeing Laos
June 22, 2007...Sommer, a German filmmaker and human rights activist, recently screened a rough cut of her film, Hunted Like Animals at UW-Madison. Video cameras, along with solar-powered radios and phones supplied by Hmong in the United States were smuggled in 2003 to Hmong still hiding in the jungles of Laos. This footage, along with interviews from refugee camps in Thailand show that, for the Hmong, the war is far from over.
Hhmong Demonstrate at Californias Capitol - Many outraged by Rebecca Sommer's video images of people tortured in Laos.
June 18, 2007…One of the protesters, Bill Va of Elk Grove, said his teenage children spent the week watching videos on YouTube.com that are part of a documentary called "Hunted Like Animals." The graphic footage shows dead and dismembered Hmong and airs interviews of Hmong recounting being routinely chased from their homes in Laos.
Vietnam and Communism's Victims
June 17, 2007...Recently, the Vietnamese communist regime demanded of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues the cancellation of scheduled films to be screened at the May 22 forum. One film, "Hunted Like Animals," sponsored by the Hmong-Lao Human Rights Council depicted the genocide against the Hmong, and the other film depicted human-rights abuses against the Khmer Krom by the Vietnamese communists.
Young Hmong Turned out in Force in California to Protest Abuses in Laos
June 17, 2007...Carrie Thao, 19, said she was at the rally in support of her parents. But she had also been spurred to come out after viewing the same videos on YouTube.com -- e-mailed to her by a friend. "When I saw those videos, I burst into tears. No one is doing anything about it," she said.
Persecuted Tribes of Laos and Vietnam Tell Their Stories Through YouTube, Rebecca Sommer - Sommerfilms
June 15, 2007...Graphic footage filmed last year in the Lao jungle and posted on the popular video sharing website YouTube shows a young Hmong boy, his belly sliced open and his intestines hanging out. The boy says he was attacked by solders when he left his family's encampment to search for food. In the same video, titled "Hunted Like Animals" and directed by Rebecca Sommer, visibly traumatised Hmong asylum seekers filmed in Thai refugee camps describe the slaughter of their relatives by Lao security forces.
June 08, 2007...Vang Pao Case Highlights Hmong Community's Losses - NAM
Old wounds were re-opened and also, says Mai Der Vang, the American-born ... Many Hmong, mostly women and children, have gone into hiding in the ..... I appreciate the tremendous effort put forwarded by Rebecca Sommer to ... Genocide , rape, mass murder is still occurring today to the Hmong in the jungles of Laos.
The Hmong Struggle in Laos: Freedom Fighters or Terrorists?
June 8, 2007...The ongoing destruction of the Hmong is the subject of a vivid film entitled Hunted Like Animals. Filmmaker Rebecca Sommer documents the ongoing genocide on the Hmong people, running and hiding from the Laotian military aggressions in the remote mountainous regions of Laos.
Did Hmong Crisis Spur Vang Pao 'Plot
June 5, 2007... Sommer, a German, recently showed her documentary on the plight of the jungle Hmong "Hunted Like Animals"in New York. She had initially planned to screen the film in the UN building itself, "but Vietnamese officials stopped that", she said..
May 28, 2007...Human rights groups have alleged that the Vietnamese government tries to suppress information about the alleged human rights abuses. This month Vietnam reportedly pressured the United Nations to ban the screening of two films made by an independent film maker during UN events about indigenous people in New York.
Two of Rebecca Sommer's documentaries banned at the United Nations upon request by Vietnam
May 28, 2007...The Khmer Krom Federation was to screen last week Rebecca Sommer's film "Eliminated Without Bleeding," a documentary about Khmer Krom people in Vietnam and Khmer Krom refugees in Cambodia and Thailand explaining their human rights situation. The film continued on Internet website (http://khmerkrom.org/eng/?q=node/131) Another group, The Hmong Lao Human Rights Council, and Earth Peoples, were to show "Hunted Like Animals," at a UN site event. The documentary shows traumatized Hmong Lao refugees in Thailand, explaining what happened to them while living in hiding and allegedly running from constant military attacks by Vietnamese and Laotian forces. Rebecca Sommer, the filmmaker of both films, said she had asked Vietnam's UN representative to view the films. "We believe in dialogue, so that he can evaluate the situation from the perspective of the affected Hmong Lao people, who say that military officials are actually involved in military aggressions..."
Film Documenting Oppression of Minorities in S.E. Asia Will Be Screened Today -- Despite Vietnam-Instigated Cancellation
May 25, 2007...Despite censorship by the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the UN, which caused the cancellation of two films screenings this year during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues -- upon Vietnam's request to the UN system, the documentaries will be screened in Midtown Manhattan Friday, May 25, 2007.
Despite Cancellation by Vietnam - film-screening during the UNPFII 6th Session (pdf)
May 25, 2007...Despite censorship by the Permanent Mission of VIETNAM to the UN, which caused the cancellation of 2 Film screenings of special side events this year during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues upon VietnamsÕ request to the UN system - we are proud to invite you to watch one of the two cancelled documentaries this Friday.
At The UN: UN Censors Films for its Member States
May 24, 2007...Vietnam had moved to block the screening of Hunted Like Animals during the UNPFII- a film about the Hmong, and Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press at the UN had asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesperson's office to confirm this. On Thursday, the following was read out:
Doctores without Borders - Convinced That Hunted Like Animals Captured The Reality(pdf)
May 24, 2007...Sommer's advocacy film about the Hmong, called Hunted Like Animals was made originally for distribution to United Nations officials, who received a total of 1,300 copies.
Vietnam setzt bei Vereinten Nationen Maulkorb für Menschenrechtler durch
May 23, 2007...Der vietnamesische UN-Botschafter hatte whrend des alljhrlich in New York tagenden "Permanenten Forums indigener Volker" persnlich bei den UN interveniert und am Dienstag durchgesetzt, dass zwei Filme der GfbV-Menschenrechtlerin Rebecca Sommer ber die Verfolgung indigener Vlker in Vietnam und Laos nicht vorgefhrt werden drfen.
Vietnam Muzzles Human Rights Activists at the United Nations
May 23, 2007..."The United Nations are losing their credibility in human rights issues if they cannot even guarantee the freedom of speech within their own UN bodiesÓ, criticized STP. The film screenings had been registered for Tuesday and Wednesday through the organization Earth Peoples and other human rights organizations and had been approved by the UN.
Inner City Press -- Investigative Journalism from the United Nations
May 21, 2007... The moderator, Rebecca Sommer, said that the Vietnamese mission to the UN has tried to get her film, "Hunted Like Animals," a side event to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, cancelled or pushed off UN grounds.
Rebecca Sommer's work-in-progress Film "DISCUSSIONS ON THE UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES" screened at UN headquarters
May 14, 2007... Screened on the opening day of the 14 May 2007 at the United Nations. An awareness-raising and historic lobby film on the"U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples".
United Nations DPI/NGO: Indigenous Peoples Lands, Territories, Natural Resources: Livelihoods and Emerging Issues (pdf)
April 19, 2007... Organized in Cooperation with the NGO committee on the United Nations International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the briefing will look at the traditional lifestyles, practices, and struggles of indigenous peoples around the globe. UNPFII Vol. 1: Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium. Awareness-raising Film; Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Volume 1 will be screened at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Film by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
Discussions on the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
April 12, 2007...At the opening of the 6th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the NGO Comittee on the United Nations cordially invites you to a film screening "Discussions on the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" directed by Rebecca Sommer for Earth Peoples. The session to be held 1:00 Ð 2:45 PM, at Library Auditorium Dag Hammarskjld will be followed by Q&A with special guests from states, Indigenous Peoples and UN representatives.
Progress Report on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
April 12, 2007... We will also hear the views of representatives of indigenous peoples, governments and UN officials in a brief presentation of the work-in-progress film “Discussions on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” by Rebecca Sommer, Representative of the NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International.
United Nations Association - Progress Report on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
April 12, 2007... presentation of the work-in-progress film "Discussions on the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples" by Rebecca Sommer, Representative of the IPO EarthPeoples and the NGO Society for Threatened Peoples International.
Die Verfolgung des Volkes der der Hmong: Eine deutsche Filmerin zwingt die Welt zum Hinschauen
April 8, 2007...Wer ihre Site "Hunted like animals" ("Wie Tiere gejagt") anklickt und sich ein paar der zum Teil aus dem Dschungel geschmuggelten Filmausschnitte anschaut, wird diese so rasch nicht mehr vergessen. Und das ist Absicht: Die Verfolgung der Hmong in Laos soll nicht mehr ignoriert werden können.
UNDPI-NGO - Filmscreening at United Nations Headquarters(pdf)
Mar 19, 2007...Briefing on Indigenous Peoples Lands, Territories, Natural Resources: Livelihoods and Emerging Issues. UNPFII Vol. 1: Awareness-raising Film; Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Volume 1 will be screened at 10:00 a.m. Film by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES REPORT: Khmer Krom in Southern Vietnam
Mar 16, 2007...Their Buddhist religion is controlled by the Vietnamese authorities, and infiltrated by force and intimidation with communist doctrines. Monks who teach young monks must mix religion with communist propaganda. If they donÕt, they are arrested and disrobed as traitors. Everyone lives in fear, the villagers, the monks, it was extremely depressing to realize, how oppressed these people live, it was terrible. So many Khmer Krom fled Vietnam, and are in limbo as refugees, not recognized by the international community to need serious help.
Vietnam's nationalist tinderbox-Eliminated Without Bleeding
Mar 5, 2007... Khmer Krom have long alarmed human rights groups and are the subject of Rebecca Sommer's widely screened 2006 documentary, "Eliminated without Bleeding.
Vietnam's Politburo Continues to Oppress Indigenous Peoples
Febr 25, 2007...Hardliners in Vietnam's politburo in Hanoi are obsessed with punishing, oppressing and even eliminating peoples -- such as the Khmer Krom, Montagnards and Hmong Lao, that aligned themselves more than 30 years ago with the United States during the Vietnam War.
Eliminated Without Bleeding | Khmer Krom Federation
Febr 16, 2007...The first ever video documentary about the Khmer Krom people, Written, Directed, Produced and Copyrighted by Rebecca Sommer. This touching and reavealing documentary evident of human rights abuse by the Vietnamese communist government on the innocent Khmer Krom people. You can also view the clips on YouTube, if you do not have Quciktime...
Work-In-Progress Film to Discuss the U.N. Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples
Febr 2007...A work-in-progress film to assist Indigenous Peoples with the lobby for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is now online. It was created by award winning filmmaker Rebecca Sommer from Earth Peoples.
Hmong Lao Refugee Deportation Halted Last Minute
Jan 31, 2007... Supported by the US based Hmong community, we have mailed over 1,000 DVDs of HUNTED LIKE ANIMALS to governments and the UN system." said Sommer. The attempt to deport up to 150 Hmong Lao refugees from Thailand to Laos on Tuesday was stopped at the last minute after Thailand faced massive international protests.
Screening of Movie Shows Dark Side
St.Paul - Dec 23, 2006 ... While visitors made their rounds at Saint Paul's Hmong New Year celebration, crowds gathered time and again to take in some powerful images from a new documentary that premiered at the event. Rebecca Sommer, a filmmaker from Germany showed "Hunted Like Animals" a film that shows the suffering of Hmong refugees hiding in the jungles of Laos.
Film on Hmong Lao Refugees Lays to rest Thailand and Laos Misinformation
Dec 20, 2006...Hmong Lao refugee situation in Thailand reaching a crisis, Rebecca Sommer announced the early release of her human rights documentary Hunted Like Animals.
Rebecca Sommer: Unermüdlicher Einsatz für die bedrohten Hmong
Nov 2006…Rebecca Sommer ist UN-Repräsentantin der GfbV. Sie verbrachte im Herbst 2005 drei Monate in Südost-Asien, um Menschenrechtsverletzungen an Angehörigen indigener Völker zu dokumentieren. Sie führte Hunderte Interviews mit Hmong-Flüchtlingen in Thailand. Die von ihr gesammelten Zeugenaussagen sowie aus dem Dschungel von Laos geschmuggelte Filmaufnahmen belegen eindeutig Menschenrechtsverletzungen, die an den Hmong begangen wurden. In einem Bericht hat sie die Gräueltaten der laotischen und vietnamesischen Soldaten an den Hmong zusammengefasst. Unermüdlich informiert Sommer gemeinsam mit dem Göttinger GfbV-Büro Regierungs-, UN- und Medien-Vertreter über neue Entwicklungen zum Thema Hmong und setzt sich für eine humanitäre Lösung der Situation in Laos ein.
NEWS ANALYSIS: UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Sad Day at Turtle Bay
Nov 29, 2006 …By Rebecca Sommer …But on Nov. 28 at the current session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the adoption of this important human rights instrument -- one of the most discussed and studied declarations in U.N. history -- came to a halt, even though the newly formed United Nations Human Rights Council urged the General Assembly to formally adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Hmong Refugee Film to be Shown to the Hmong Community in St. Paul, MN
Nov 23, 2006 ...The Hmong Lao refugees showed great courage to stand in front of my video camera to send a message to the world. Now their voices are heard...
Filmscreening of Hunted Like Animals at U.N. Church Center
Oct 25, 2006...The screening and program will be in the United Nations Church Center, 12th floor, as part an awareness-raising side event on the Hmong Lao crisis...
Hmong Refugee Film to be Shown to the Hmong Community in Green Bay
Oct 21, 2006...The film, "Hunted Like Animals," by Rebecca Sommer, will be shown between 10 am and 3 pm at the Hmong American Partnership Center
Filmscreening in The Hague City Hall | Khmer Krom Film
Oct 2, 2006...Ms. Rebecca Sommer set the stage, premiering her film ELIMINATED WITHOUT BLEEDING, reminding everyone of the genuine urgency with which these steps must be taken.
Self-Determination:UNPO Expert Gathering
Sept 28, 2006......Attention will also be further focused on the human face and urgency of these questions by the Premier Screening of “Eliminated Without Bleeding”, a film by celebrated Filmmaker Ms. Rebecca Sommer about the plight of the Khmer Krom people of the Mekong River Delta region of Southern Vietnam.
UNPO Gathers Experts in The Hague
Sept 28, 2006...A film by celebrated Filmmaker Ms. Rebecca Sommer about the plight of the Khmer Krom... Ms. Sommer will herself be present at the Premier on Sunday 01 October to ...
PARALLEL UNIVERSE: German Human Rights Activist Rebecca Sommer Deserves Nobel Peace Price For Work Withe Hmong Refugees
Sept 4, 2006...Sommer spoke at a Bangkok press conference after showing ?rough cuts? from her forthcoming documentary Hunted Like Animals at the Foreign Correspondents Club. The film features interviews with Hmong refugees who accuse Lao troops of murder, gang rape and use of chemical weapons. It reportedly includes footage smuggled out of Laos by the Fact Finding Commission in recent months. She said the film stemmed from interviews with hundreds of people from the conflict zone.
Hmong Headlines: Film Hunted Like Animals
Sept 2, 2006... Accusations of gross human-rights abuses were aired by US-based activist Rebecca Sommer, who spoke after showing Òrough cutsÓ from her forthcoming documentary ÒHunted Like AnimalsÓ at the Foreign Correspondents Club. The film features interviews with Hmong refugees who accuse Lao troops of murder, gang rape and use of chemical weapons. It reportedly includes footage smuggled out of Laos by the Fact Finding Commission in recent months.
Press Conference Bangkok: Persecuted and Treated Like Animals in Laos
Sept 2, 2006...Thailand was also condemned for brutal treatment of Hmong refugees since the beginning of this year, including the jailing of groups of 29 people and 51 people -- mainly women and children -- in horrible conditions in Phetchabun and Lomsak police station.
Laos Denies Attacks on Hmong
Sept 1, 2006...The Lao government has dismissed charges of human rights abuses against ethnic Hmong, freshly detailed in a report and film made by a U.S. advocacy group. The film focuses on Hmong hiding in the mountains of central Laos' Xaysomboun ... The filmmaker, Rebecca Sommer, says the Lao government has a policy of...
Laos and Thailand Were Subject of Scarhing Attacks at Press Conference In Bangkok Yesterady
Aug 31, 2006...Thailand was also condemned for brutal treatment of Hmong refugees since the beginning of this year, including the jailing of 29 people - mainly women and children - in "horrible conditions" in Phetchabun police station.
Film proof of Hmong genocide, says activist
Aug 31, 2006...New documentary evidence of genocide against the Hmong ethnic minority in Laos has been accepted by the United Nations, says a human rights activist who collated the information. Rebecca Sommer compiled the report, which was accepted by the UN in April. A rough cut of her documentary film Hunted Like Animals, with accounts by survivors of military attacks on the Hmong and shocking images of brutalised children, was to be screened for UN officials in Bangkok yesterday. Ms Sommer said a meeting between the Thai Government, the Laos Government and UN officials had been called to discuss the issue.
WGIP: Side Event | Filmscreening On The Hmong Lao, At The United Nations
Aug 8, 2006...Mrs Rebecca Sommer presented her work-in-progress documentary Hunted like Animals on the Hmong Lao conflict situation, which she described as genocide.
U.N.- Working Group On Indigenous Populations In Geneva
Aug 4, 2006...Side Event: Chemical weapons against the Hmong: "They hunt us like animals" - Report and documentary about the genocide committed by military forces in Laos
UN Family - Home
2006...A 54-minute documentary about the birth of the United ... has recently been produced by Rebecca Sommer for United Nations...
UN Audiovisual News
2006... filmed by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), 2006. The Fifth Session of UNPFII will be held...
International Day of World's Indigenous People to be observed on 9 August at UN headquarters.
Aug 9, 2006...A panel discussion and film screening have been added to the programme for this year's observance of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (9 August) at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main event, featuring performances by indigenous artists, will begin at 12:30 noon in the Public Lobby (46^th Street and First Avenue). The panel discussion, at 3 p.m. in the Dag Hammarskjld Auditorium, will be followed, at 4 p.m., by the film screening.
UN Celebrated International Day Indigenous Peoples
Aug 9, 2006...Dag Hammarskjld Library Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters FILM SCREENING .Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations (Film by Rebecca Sommer for Secretariat UNPFII, 2005.
VIDEO - UNPFII - United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
2006...Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Vol.1. Film by Rebecca Sommer for the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 2006 ...
The 29 Missing Hmong Children From Huay Nam Khao (pdf)
Jan 3, 2006… a UNHCR official in Bangkok confirmed to Rebecca Sommer, from Earth Peoples, that the children are in. Vientiane, Laos. December 9th, Shoua Yang…
UNDPI Press Release 5659
May 8, 2005...Film-maker Rebecca Sommer was commissioned by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce and direct the documentary film, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations . . .
International Day of Indigenous Peoples - Filmscreening at the U.N.
May 8, 2005...Film-maker Rebecca Sommer was commissioned by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce and direct the documentary film, "Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations", which is intended for government officials and staff of United Nations agencies, funds and programmes -- to raise awareness about indigenous issues and the work of the Permanent Forum.It covers the history of indigenous peoples at the United Nations, introduces the work of the Permanent Forum, and highlights some of the problems faced by indigenous peoples and what they would like to see done about them.
IWWG - Inside the UN
May 5, 2005... a 30-minute documentary directed by Rebecca Sommer, who recently left New York City to film in South East Asia.
IITC-Rebecca Sommer's Letter to the OHCHR - Hunger Strike by Indigenous Peoples representatives at the UN (pdf)
Dec 1, 2004…The hunger strike is a clear statement of the World's Indigenous Peoples desperation- as to how the Draft Declaration is being reversed beyond any possibility with which to give at least "minimum standards" required for the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples' rights internationally.We also request that the Secretariat arrange for the hunger strikers to be able to remain in the UN building during the entire week of the session…Thank you very much for any efforts, Sincerely Rebecca Sommer.
UN Showcases Art Exhibit 'In Celebration of Indigenous Peoples'
Aug 9, 2004...Rebecca Sommer of Earth Peoples presents her video ""Women's wishes for the Earth"". The exhibit marks the third session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous ...
Rebecca Sommer's video "Womens Wishes for the Earth" in Art exhibit at United Nations headquarters
Jun 25, 2004 – Film screening "Womens Wishes for the Earth" by Rebecca Sommer. .... which was made for the current U.N. Headquarters Art Exhibit and ...
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
May 14, 2003… This 2.5-hour documentary was filmed and produced by Rebecca Sommer. It is a visual and oral report from an IPO and an NGO perspective on the First Session of the Permanent Forum. It aims to capture the voices of Indigenous peoples themselves at this historic First Session.