BAGUIO City officials have lauded Victoria Tauli-Corpuz for her latest feat.
Tauli-Corpuz was chosen on September 27 at the Brahma Kumaris Global Center in London, United Kingdom as a recipient of the Gandhi International Peace Award by the Gandhi Foundation.
Led by Councilor Art Allad-iw and adopted by the entire city council, the commendation was approved this week.
The Gandhi Foundation is a United Kingdom-based international voluntary organization which seeks to further the works of Mahatma Gandhi through a variety of educational events and activities.
The award was given to Tauli-Corpuz for her extraordinary work for the rights and issues of indigenous peoples worldwide.
“She conducts fact-finding missions and reports on the human rights situation in specific countries, addresses cases of alleged violations of indigenous peoples rights through communications with governments/states, promotes good practices to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, and conducts thematic studies on topics of special importance to the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples,” Allad-iw said.
Tauli-Corpuz has also been actively engaged in the drafting and adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) when she was still the chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2007.
She has also founded and partnered with various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change, and the advancement of Indigenous Peoples’ and Women’s rights when she was a member of the United Nations Development Programs’ Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.