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Backing For Indigenous Rights

  • August 9th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-flag-reduced.png  aboriginal-flag.jpgDiscrimination and unequal treatment are continuing against indigenous people throughout the world, despite strong gains made on the human rights front, the European Union High Representative, Catherine Ashton, said on Monday (9.8.10).

Marking the International Day for Indigenous People, she said the 2007 UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights nevertheless was a pre-eminent achievment towards equality.

tsi-flag.jpgShe said that declaration, supported by the European Union, world not have been achieved without tireless advocacy by indigenous people worldwide.

In Canberra, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Australia, David Daly, said the EU integrated human rights including indigenous issues in all aspects of its external policies.

That meant putting in financial support and backing a human rights position in one-to-one relationships, regional forums and multi-national bodies like the United Nations itself.

un-logo-copy.jpg See the document: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by General Assembly resolution 61/295, 13.9.07. http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/en/drip.html, (8.8.10).

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Australian flags:  Aboriginal (land rights) flag; Torres Strait Islands.

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