The UN draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Patrick Thornberry

in Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780719037931
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700617 | DOI:
The UN draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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This chapter takes the draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a potential future global standard for indigenous peoples—‘emerging law’—and appraises its principal characteristics. The draft Declaration incorporates a far-reaching ensemble of pro-indigenous concepts. The process of drafting and debating has contributed to and been the beneficiary of a broad and ongoing process of indigenous sensitisation in the international community. The prospects for the survival of the draft in anything like its present form are unclear. However, despite the difficulties in reaching accommodation, there has been a narrowing of differences between indigenous peoples and governments in key respects over the whole process.

Keywords: draft Declaration; indigenous rights; human rights

Chapter.  12022 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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