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Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world's indigenous peoples. The Declaration addresses both individual and collective rights; cultural rights and identity; rights to education, health, employment, language, and others. It outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them. It also ensures their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own priorities in economic, social and cultural development. The Declaration explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between States and indigenous peoples.

The UN Declaration was adopted by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine).

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(Oh, yeah, I'm so proud right now. I don't at all want to immigrate to Japan.)

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ironed_orchid
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
You and me both.

It also ensures their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own priorities in economic, social and cultural development.

I think this would be crucial sentence which stopped those four countries from voting. Cos you know, then we might not be able to get at those minerals they are inconveniently living above.
benpeek
Sep. 20th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
did you read the document attached to the site? australia would have had to have made big changes to keep with that.
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