Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Synopsis

A vivid and strikingly illustrated edition of the United Nation's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - a tool for peace and justice, based upon mutual recognition and mutual respect - this is a statement of hope, belief and purpose and an important document for our time. On 13 September 2007 the General Assembly of the United Nations, with an overwhelming majority of votes, adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration was over 22 years in the making. Its purpose, as described by the UN, is to set an important standard for the treatment of indigenous peoples and to act as a significant tool in eliminating human rights violations against the planet's over 350 million indigenous people, while assisting them in combating discrimination and marginalisation. Only four countries voted against it: the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In 2009, the Australian Government decided to endorse this landmark Declaration. With the same insight that he brought to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Michel Streich's simple yet moving illustrations add powerful resonance to this highly topical and controversial issue. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a clear and strong statement of hope, belief and purpose - an important document for our time.

Excerpt

The General Assembly, Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the united nations, and good faith in the fulfilment of the obligations assumed by States in accordance with the Charter,

Affirming that indigenous peoples are equal to all other peoples, while recognising the right of all peoples to be different, to consider themselves different, and to be respected as such,

Affirming also that all peoples contribute to the diversity and richness of civilisations and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind . . .

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