U.S. needs to do more to promote rights of indigenous peoplesListen /
Authorities in the United States are being urged to do more to address the concerns of indigenous peoples.
The call has come from the UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, who spoke in the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.
Mr. Anaya said that American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples face significant challenges related to historical wrongs, including broken treaties and acts oppression.
The expert told the Human Rights Council that important laws and programmes have been developed in recent years to respond to the concerns of indigenous peoples in the United States.
"I find, however, that existing federal programmes need to be improved upon and their execution made more effective. In particular, new measures are needed to advance toward reconciliation with indigenous peoples and address persistent deep-seated problems related to historical wrongs, failed policies of the past, and continuing systemic barriers to the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights."
Mr. Anaya stressed that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an important guide to improve existing measures to address the concerns of indigenous peoples in the United States.