Long time Indigenous People’s advocate and Igorot Vicky Tauli-Corpuz was appointed as the United Nation’s (UN) Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights. Prior to this, she was the former chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Media reports quoted Human Rights Council (HRC) president Baudelaire Ndong Ella as saying the field of contenders for the position was extremely strong. But the Philippine representative in the person of Igorot Vicky Tauli-Corpuz who hails from Besao, Mt. Province was selected.
“Vicky is a very experienced advocate at the United Nations level and establishes a welcome commitment to gender equity in this important post for indigenous peoples of the world,” Ella said during the announcement of Corpuz’s appointment.
Joseph Digest will feature Corpuz in its next issue. ***JD