Thursday, August 09, 2007
Rights of Indigenous Peoples - action opportunity
Within weeks, the United Nations General Assembly must make a decision on the long awaited and urgently needed UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Either the international community will move ahead with final adoption as has been urged by Indigenous peoples and their supporters worldwide, or adoption of the Declaration will once again be delayed due to the demands of a small, yet vocal group of states (guess who?).
Please take this opportunity to support the Declaration (petition here).
More than 18,000 individuals and organizations have already signed a global petition hosted by Amnesty International Canada in support of the Declaration. If you haven't already done so, please add your name and encourage many others to do so.
The UN and other agencies have more complex definitions because they often are in a legal context.