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Introduction: Reports on the 61st and Final United Nations Commission on Human Rights, March-April 2005

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website and read my recent series of reports on the 61st UN Commission on Human Rights. For the record, I am accredited to attend these meetings by Interfaith International, but the views reflected in these reports are purely my own unless expressly noted. As many of you are aware, I am in my first year of the Doctorate Program in Sociology at the University of Sevilla in Spain and my proposed thesis is tentatively entitled ‘The United Nations: A Theatre of Diplomacy’ and will be an ethnography about the conference culture on the United Nations at its humanitarian headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. My work has mainly centred around indigenous issues, and of course this will constitute a bulk of my thesis work, but am also interested in the protection of human rights in general at the international level, hence my interest in following the entire Commission on Human Rights for the third consecutive year. These reports will be updates on the Commission proceedings, but also will be preliminary outlines and essays working towards my Doctoral Thesis. As you will see, the styles and presentation will be varying and I am being more creative with their content than my UN and CONGO counterparts. For the politically correct and pseudo-transcript reports, please refer to the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights, www.ohchr.org, and the Conference of NGOs website, www.ngocongo.org. These reports are done on a purely voluntary basis, but of course organizations that find this work useful are welcome to contribute to expenses and would be greatly appreciated, not to mention stress-reducing for this struggling writer/student. Please forward this website address to whomever you feel would be interested. I would also ask that these reports not be republished without my advance permission, and those making citations to my work to please send me a copy (this would include those who have cited my writings on the WGDD as well). Thanks in advance for your help and feel free to contact me with questions, comments and/or editing notes.

In honour of Tony Black Feather and in the spirit of Crazy Horse,



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