Saturday, August 24, 2013

Honor the Treaties: Message of UN Human Rights Chief

‘Honor the Treaties’: UN Human Rights Chief’s Message
Gale Courey Toensing
August 23, 2013

States need to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous Peoples no matter when they were signed, according to the United Nations human rights chief. Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement August 7 to mark International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9.

“Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of Indigenous Peoples, determining the relationship they have with the state. They are thus of major significance to human rights today,” she said.


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