Call for world leaders to recognise their indigenous peoples

The rights of indigenous peoples around the world are still not being fully recognised, according to a top UN expert.

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Monday sees the start of the tenth session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is meeting in New York.

Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the forum, says there is still a lot of work to be done in protecting rights.

But she says there have been positive changes since the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted:

“When the declaration was adopted in 2007 there were four countries, major countries, that voted against the declaration, and two have reversed that position in 2009 – which was Australia and New Zealand, and in 2010 you had Canada and the US also coming out to say that they did support the declaration.”

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