It is not enough to Support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; action is needed

By | 9 August, 2010

idwipiconOn the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August 2010), the Special Rapporteur acknowledged that extraordinary wealth of knowledge, culture, and spirituality that indigenous peoples have maintained for the common benefit of humankind. However, he stressed that "historical patterns of oppression continue to manifest themselves in ongoing barriers to the full enjoyment of human rights by indigenous peoples." There is a great need for concerted measures for the demarcation and protection of indigenous lands, the development of culturally appropriate educational programs, support for indigenous self-governance institutions, and the many other measures contemplated by the Declaration. See the full media statement.