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10 Reasons to Support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

10 Reasons to Support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Posted: 2006-10-19

Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff and Archbishop Tutu

Deputy Grand Chief Ashley was honoured to have the opportunity to discuss issues such as the declaration with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Ten Reasons to Support the Declaration

  1. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be adopted by the General Assembly during this session. Consistent with the promotion and protection of human rights for all, it is in best interest of all States to support the adoption of this historic Declaration.
  2. For more than 20 years the provisions of the Declaration were discussed in depth by Member States, Indigenous Peoples, and other parties. No other United Nations document has ever been elaborated with such full and democratic participation of all parties concerned. As a result the Human Rights Council adopted the Declaration at its first historic session on June 29, 2006.
  3. The Declaration affirms that Indigenous Peoples make a unique contribution to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures, which constitutes the common heritage of humankind. The Declaration promotes and enhances the plurality of societies. The 2005 World Summit Outcome document reaffirms the commitment of the international community to adopt a final text of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as soon as possible. .
  4. The Declaration is of utmost importance to combat discrimination against Indigenous Peoples created by more than five centuries of racism, marginalization and exclusion. The Declaration explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between States and Indigenous Peoples. Every provision of the Declaration will be interpreted consistent with the principles of justice, democracy, and respect for human rights, non-discrimination and good faith.
  5. The Declaration is a reaffirmation of the commitment of the international community to respect cultural diversity and the right to be different.
  6. The Declaration is based upon principles of partnership, consultation and cooperation between Indigenous Peoples and States. This is fully consistent with the theme of Second International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples "Partnership for Action and Dignity" adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2005.
  7. The Declaration is an aspirational human rights instrument of great value for all. It establishes a valuable framework for resolving issues and achieving the common objectives of the international community and the UN Charter.
  8. The Declaration does not create new rights. It elaborates upon existing international human rights standards and principles as they apply to Indigenous Peoples.
  9. The Declaration promotes equality and non-discrimination for all. The Declaration is essential for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples of the world.
  10. The Declaration strengthens the international human rights system as a whole.