World "still lagging" on indigenous rights 10 years on from historic declaration
08.08.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
As of today, ahead of the International Day of the World Indigenous Peoples (marked Aug 9), a group of UN experts and specialist bodies has made a joint statement saying the world is «still lagging» on indigenous rights, 10 years on from the adoption of an historic declaration on ending exclusion and discrimination, UN Radio reports.
As to the report, the group has admitted said that indigenous peoples «still face huge challenges,» and Member States need to put words into action to end discrimination and lack of protection, as illustrated by the worsening murder rate of human rights defenders.
Reportedly, the joint statement says that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which took more than 20 years to negotiate, «stands as a beacon of progress» and acts as a «framework for reconciliation and a benchmark of rights».
But it adds that «in too many cases, indigenous peoples are facing even greater struggles and rights violations than they did 10 years ago.»