A/HRC/18/35/Add.2 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 6 June 2011 Original: English Human Rights Council Eighteenth session Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya Addendum The situation of the Sami people in the Sápmi region of Norway, Sweden and Finland∗ Summary The present report, which was originally made public in an advanced unedited version on 12 January 2011, examines the human rights situation of the Sami people of Norway, Sweden and Finland. It is based in large part on information presented to the Special Rapporteur during a conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, from 14 to 16 April 2010 organized by the Sami Parliamentary Council. The conference gathered representatives of the Sami parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, Government officials from each of these countries, and representatives of Sami non-governmental organizations. The Special Rapporteur is pleased that, overall, Norway, Sweden, and Finland each pay a high level of attention to indigenous issues, relative to other countries. In many respects, initiatives related to the Sami people in the Nordic countries set important examples for securing the rights of indigenous peoples. Among these initiatives is the cross-border effort to develop a Nordic Sami Convention. The Special Rapporteur notes the important work already achieved toward this end, and he welcomes the commitment on the part of the Nordic States and the Sami parliaments to recommence negotiations in 2011 toward adoption of the Convention. However, more remains to be done to ensure that the Sami people can pursue their self- ∗ The summary is being circulated in all official languages. The report, which is annexed to the summary, is being circulated in the language of submission only. GE.11-13887

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