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Implementing Indigenous Human Rights

Implementing Indigenous Human Rights

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Published by Jay Taber
UN human rights agenda contributes to invisibility of indigenous peoples.
UN human rights agenda contributes to invisibility of indigenous peoples.

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Published by: Jay Taber on Aug 21, 2013
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Implementing indigenous human rights:Negotiating a more democratic future
ByJay Taber • Jun 28, 2013 •1 Comment  There are several aspects of the UN human rights agenda that contribute to the invisibilityof indigenous rights enshrined in the 2007 UN Declaration. First and foremost of theobstacles to implementing the rights of indigenous peoples has been the refusal of the UNto recognize indigenous nations as political entities worthy of participation in UNdecision-making. If the governing authorities of indigenous nations remain excludedfrom UN diplomatic processes, indigenous peoples will remain marginalized fromdiscussions on world issues. Asnoted at IC recently, this exclusionary obstacle at the UN has been challenged by 72 American Indian tribes, its removal deemed essential toresolving grievances and eliminating violence against indigenous nations.As I observed inMaking it Happen,democratizing the international community cannot  be limited to the international institutions created by modern states. As indigenousnations assert their human rights of self-determination and self-governance, newinstitutions are required. Something my colleague Rudolph C. Ryser addresses in his2012 book,
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