Countries should not be afraid to implement the rights of indigenous peoples

26 January 2017

Countries should not be afraid to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples as guaranteed by a UN Declaration adopted a decade ago, a UN Special Rapporteur has urged.

The Declaration, adopted in 2007, is a compilation of “tears and complaints” brought by the indigenous peoples to the attention of world leaders, Victoria Tauli Corpuz said.

There are more than 370 million indigenous peoples around the world, according to the UN, who make up 15 per cent of those living in poverty.

Ms Corpuz shared her message with Jocelyne Sambira ahead of a briefing to the press on Thursday, but also touched on the need for indigenous peoples to assert their own rights.

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