Historic Declaration On The Rights of Indigenous Peoples Passed!

The Global Fund, in solidarity with the more than 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide, is thrilled to share the news of the historic announcement of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the result of more than two decades of consultation and dialogue among governments and indigenous peoples from all regions. 

“The 13th of September 2007 will be remembered as an international human rights day for the Indigenous Peoples of the world, a day that the United Nations and its Member States, together with Indigenous Peoples, reconciled with past painful histories and decided to march into the future on the path of human rights,” said Ms. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The Declaration addresses both individual and collective rights, cultural rights and identity, rights to education, health, employment, language and others. The Declaration explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between States and Indigenous Peoples.  It prohibits discrimination against Indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them.

The Declaration was adopted by an overwhelming majority of the General Assembly, with 143 countries voting in support, four voting against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstaining (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa, Ukraine). 

And here's an update from the International Indigenous Women's Forum on the occasion of the adoption of this crucial declaration by the General Assembly of the United Nations:

The International Indigenous Women’s Forum welcomes the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly, on September 13, 2007.

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will serve as a comprehensive international human rights instrument for Indigenous women, men and youth around the world.  The Declaration specifies consultations, cooperation, and partnership between Indigenous Peoples and States, which would allow Indigenous women to strengthen their advocacy in local, national and international arenas.  The adoption of the Declaration will allow Indigenous women and their families to infuse local human rights struggles with the power of international law and hold their governments accountable to international human rights standards.

Through the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations marks a major victory in its long history towards developing and establishing international human rights standards.

It marks a major victory for Indigenous Peoples who actively took part in crafting this Declaration. The 13th of September 2007 will be remembered as an international human rights day for the Indigenous Peoples of the world, a day that the United Nations and its Member States, together with Indigenous Peoples, reconciled with past painful histories and decided to march into the future on the path of human rights.

Effective implementation of the Declaration will be the test of commitment of States and the whole international community to protect, respects, and fulfill Indigenous Peoples’ collective and individual human rights. The International Indigenous Women’s Forum will draw upon this new international tool to continue its commitment to advance the rights of Indigenous Women.

View a web cast of the General Assembly session and learn more about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 
 

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