Statement by Marie-Danielle
Samuel June 5, 2002 NYC
Main Representative to the UN for Yachay Wasi (NGO/ECOSOC & DPI)
Organizer of the Cultural Heritage and Sacred Sites Panel
From the United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
PART III Article 13
Indigenous peoples have the right to manifest, practice, develop and
teach their spiritual and religious traditions, customs and ceremonies;
the right to maintain, protect, and have access in privacy to their
religious and cultural sites; the right to the use and control of
ceremonial objects; and the right to the repatriation of human remains.
States shall take effective measures, in conjunction with the indigenous
peoples concerned, to ensure that indigenous sacred places, including
burial sites, be preserved, respected and protected.
This panel was planned to bring the issues, outlined in Article 13 of the
United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to
the attention of the members of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous
Speakers from Indigenous nations and UN agencies, along with a compilation
of sacred sites issues submitted by world Indigenous communities, hosted
by the NYU School of Law, brought the need to respect the spirituality of
Indigenous peoples expressed in their sacred sites to an audience composed
of UN observers and the general public.
YACHAY WASI - NGO/UN ECOSOC & DPI - NYC - Cuzco, PERU
"Yachay Wasi means House of Learning in Quechua"
Luis Delgado Hurtado, President
La Conquista 3 puerta, Saphi
Phone: 51-84-252618 or 248567 (eves)
Marie-Danielle Samuel, Vice President
708 West 192nd Street # 6B, New York, NY 10040 USA