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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Indigenous rights sidelined by General Assembly

In a move that dampens the spirits of indigenous groups throughout the world, the United Nations has delayed voting on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, according to a press release from Human Rights Education Associates on Monday. The resolution was adopted by the new Human Rights Council before being voted on by the General Assembly. Once in the General Assembly, those countries in opposition, including the entire African bloc and New Zealand, among others, had the final vote on the resolution delayed. This resolution has undergone years of negotiation before this final version was created. Despite this setback, the Human Rights Council can still act on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a show of continued support.

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