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Tuesday, 02 July 2013 11:37

Dangers of Arctic Cruising

Taking a cruise to the Arctic might be life threatening, says Bjarne Rasmussen who has been sailing the Greenlandic waters for more than twenty years, in a arcticle brought by Metroexpress.

“A cruise to the Arctic might be fatal, because in the summer there are ice blocks floating around, hard as concrete and the size of a house, in the seas north and south of Greenland. These blocks can make a hole in the hull on the ships not made for Arctic sailing”.

The 5th congress of the Association of World Reindeer Herders (WRH) is scheduled to take place in the city of Genhe, Inner Mongolia, on 24 – 29 July.

It is the first time a WRH Congress will be held in China. The choice of Genhe, an Evenki reindeer herding community, follows the Aoluguya Evenki joining of the WRH in 2009.

The local hosts of the Congress are Genhe city and the Evenki Research Centre, and the overarching theme of the Congress will be “People, Reindeer and Nature; the Sustainable Development.”

Monday, 17 June 2013 09:05

Indigenous rights activist freed

Dmitry Berezhkov was freed from custody Saturday after having spent two days in the county jail of Nord-Troms, Northern Norway.

The court found the conditions for extraditing Berezhkov to Russia were not fulfilled, his lawyer informed the local newspaper Nordlyset.

Berezhkov is former Vice-President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON). A couple of years ago, however, he moved with his family to Northern Norway to avoid persecution, some commentators are convinced, by the Russian authorities.

Dmitry Berezhkov, former Vice-President of the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North - was arrested in by Norwegian Police yesterday and detained on a request from Russian authorities, demanding that he gets extradited to Russia.

The Norwegian police has confirmed it is detaining a Russian citizen who is wanted by the Russian authorities, but has given no information about the criminal charges upon which the extradition petition rests.

 

At their recent meeting in Svalbard, members of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) agreed to make the following statement:

“SCPAR statement on the situation of Greenland and the Arctic Council

The Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region has noted the decision of Greenland not to attend the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, and putting on hold all of its participation in the work of the Arctic Council. The committee hopes that boycott will not be used as a procedure in the future.

The committee finds it very important, that the Arctic Council continues its inclusive character. It is important, that there is space in the council's work to effectively hear the voices of the peoples living in the Arctic.

“We are on stage, but we’re the cheap ones,” chairman of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples Lars-Anders Baer said to the BarentsObserver.com during the Barents Summit 2013 on Tuesday this week.

His remark followed the presentation of the renewed Kirkenes Declaration that, among other things, calls for a “further strengthening of indigenous peoples’ representation in the Barents cooperation.”

Baer flanked a distinquished panel of Prime and Foreign ministers and top-ranking officials of the Barents region states and the EU, discussing the future of the region before signing the 2013 Kirkenes Declaration. However, the reality is indigenous peoples strive financially to take part in the Barents cooperation, and that, rather than increasing their representation, indigenous people will have to “partly suspend” their participation, Baer further told BarentsObserver.com.

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