Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples Essay

2101 Words Nov 20th, 2014 9 Pages
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The articles titled “The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” published by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs addresses the goals and functions of this declaration. It recognizes many of the basic human rights and freedoms of the indigenous peoples. These rights include self-determination, inalienable right to ownership, control of land, and maintaining their own political, religious, cultural, and educational institutions. The Declaration states that all activities that would impact the people, or property, has to be preapproved. It establishes the need for compensation for the violation of the rights, and the guarantee against ethnocide and genocide. The document provides procedures to resolve conflicts between indigenous peoples and States. These procedures can include things such as negotiations, mediation, courts, and arbitration. This document is significantly controversial because it gives the impression that indigenous peoples will receive the rights they deserve while not full heartedly ensuring it is carried out (par. 4-7).
The “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” was written and developed by the United Nations. Within this document there are 46 article points, the first 10 being the most important. Article 1 guarantees the right of indigenous peoples to have full enjoyment of all the human rights and fundamental freedoms. Article 2 states that indigenous peoples are free…

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