James Anaya

Ua

 

 

Implementation of UN Declaration
06 May 2011

 

 

 

Les Malezer: "I recorded a video of Jim Anaya during his recent visit to Australia.  The video was an instructional video on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.  I have recently completed the edit and played the video on Friday at a FAIRA workshop on the implementation of the Declaration."  (May 1, 2011)


THE MAIN POINT IN THE VIDEO


WHY IS THE DECLARATION AN IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARD?

The declaration represents the aspirations of the world's Indigenous Peoples

The declaration represents a consensus by the world community

The declaration represents a plan of action for States and Indigenous Peoples

It acknowledges Indigenous Peoples have been deprived of human rights over an extended period of time

WHY ARE HUMAN RIGHTS, AS SHOWN IN THIS DECLARATION, IMPORTANT TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES?

Collective dimensions of human rights must be acknowledged

The right to equality does not have just an individual dimension

The declaration places rights in the context of experiences of Indigenous Peoples

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU SEEING TO THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION?

Government structures have historically been designed to exclude Indigenous Peoples

Administration of natural resources often excludes the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Powerful economic forces do control access to natural resources

HOW SHOULD STATES BE ORGANIZING TO IMPLEMENT THE DECLARATION?

Government agencies and officials need to be made aware of the declaration

Government agencies need to adapt their existing practices

Legislative reforms are needed

The declaration provides an opportunity for social education and reconciliation

HOW CAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLES GO ABOUT IMPLEMENTING THE DECLARATION?

Indigenous Peoples must be involved to implement the declaration

Indigenous Peoples must take stock of an fulfill their responsibilities

OTHER COMMENTS?

States can be complacent since adopting the declaration

Real action is needed on the ground

Indigenous Peoples need access to technical and financial assistance

 

 

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