The Sami Parliament cannot accept continued exploitation of Sápmi

The Sami Parliament cannot accept continued exploitation of Sápmi

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August 28, 2013

As a result of the on-going mining exploitation throughout Sápmi, among them the exploration mining in Gállok/Kallak in Jokkmokk, Sweden, as well as the planned mining operations in Rönnbäck in Björkvattsdalen, Tärnaby, which are obvious violations against human rights and the Sami rights as an indigenous population to govern their own culture, their lands and their living environment, the Sami Parliament of Sweden demands:

According to Swedish constitutional law, The Sami have internationally recognized rights as an indigenous people. Within the UN, all countries work to give indigenous peoples back their lawful rights to their lands and their culture. Already in the UN:s 1966 International Convent on Civil and Political Rights, as well as International Convent on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, it is stated that everyone in the world has the right to self-determination. This has been further clarified in the international work with public international law. Conventions have been added to strengthen the rights of children, women, workers and other vulnerable groups in society. The rights of indigenous peoples to their land, their culture and development has been clarified in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) and in the ILO Convention No. 169, Convention on Biological Diversity as well as a number of other conventions, declarations and resolutions in the UN.

We find it objectionable that the Swedish State’s minerals strategy and inspection of the Minerals Act is in direct conflict with the government’s pronounced strategy for the traditional trades in the Arctic region. The minerals policy that Sweden is practicing today is based on a continued colonization of the Sami people and Sápmi.

A continued exploitation of Sápmi is something that the Sami Parliament of Sweden cannot accept. The Sami Parliament will continue to work for a long-term sustainable community development and all Sami people’s possibilities to live and work in Sápmi.

The statement was unanimously adopted by the plenary assembly gathered in Jokkmokk

Håkan Jonsson, Chairman of the Board of the Sami Parliament (President)
Stefan Mikaelsson, Chairperson, Sami Parliament of Sweden

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