In its 68th session, the UN CERD Committee issued early warning to the United States under its Urgent Action procedure after considering credible information received by the Committee alleging that the Western Shoshone indigenous peoples are being denied their traditional rights to land, and that measures taken and even accelerated lately by the United States in relation to the status, use and occupation of these lands may cumulatively lead to irreparable harm to these communities. The CERD Committee urged the US to inform about (a) reported legislative efforts to privatize Western Shoshone ancestral lands for transfer to multinational extractive industries and energy developers; (b) information according to which destructive activities are conducted and/or planned on areas of spiritual and cultural significance to the Western Shoshone peoples, who are denied access to, and use of, such areas, in particular the reinvigorated federal efforts to open a nuclear waste repository at the Yucca Mountain; the alleged use of explosives and open pit gold mining activities on Mont Tenabo and Horse Canyon; and the alleged issuance of geothermal energy leases at, or near, hot springs, and the processing of further applications to that end; (c) the reported resumption of underground nuclear testing on Western Shoshone ancestral lands; (d) the conduct and / or planning of all such activities without consultation with and despite protests of the Western Shoshone peoples; (e) the reported intimidation and harassment of Western Shoshone people by the State party's authorities, through the imposition of grazing fees, trespass and collection notices, impounding of horse and livestock, restrictions on hunting, fishing and gathering, as well as arrests, which gravely disturb the enjoyment of their ancestral lands; and (f) the difficulties encountered by Western Shoshone peoples in appropriately challenging all such actions before national courts and in obtaining adjudication on the merits of their claims, due in particular to domestic technicalities.
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The CERD Committee stated that past and new actions taken by the State party on Western Shoshone ancestral lands lead to a situation where, today, the obligations of the US under the Convention are not respected, in particular the obligation to guarantee the right of everyone to equality before the law in the enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, without discrimination based on race, colour, or national or ethnic origin.
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