“Today, after nearly 30 years, the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to an article published Wednesday, June 15, by the Indian Law Resource Center.
For generations, indigenous peoples’ human rights, including their right of self-determination and their rights to their lands, territories, environment, natural resources, sustainable development, and cultural survival have been challenged globally. The American Declaration offers specific protection for indigenous peoples in North America, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
The OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas, including the United States, “and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere,” according to its website. According to the OAS announcement on its declaration of indigenous rights, it is “the first instrument in the history of the OAS to promote and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.”
The OAS announcement lists key points of the declaration, which include: Continue reading