United States’ backing for indigenous rights treaty hailed at UN

The announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States supports the landmark United Nations treaty outlining the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples was hailed today at the world body.

UN agency seeks to boost role of indigenous peoples in fight against hunger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking to boost cooperation and dialogue with the world’s indigenous populations in the fight against hunger.

Chair of UN forum welcomes Canada’s endorsement of indigenous rights treaty

Canada has endorsed the global treaty outlining the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples, a move welcomed by the head of a United Nations body dealing with the issue as a reaffirmation of the country’s commitment to the principles of respect and non-discrimination.

UN expert urges aligning development with aspirations of indigenous people

Indigenous people are entitled to their own institutions and self-governing structures to enable them to manage their own affairs and ensure that the development process is aligned with their own cultural patterns, values and customs, a United Nations independent expert says in a report.

UN expert urges Russia to pick up pace of protecting rights of indigenous people

Although the Russian Government has made “important steps” to protect the rights of its indigenous people, a United Nations independent human rights expert today urged the country to accelerate progress.

UN urges greater protection of the world’s indigenous communities

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to step up efforts to improve living conditions of the planet’s indigenous communities and to protect them, saying they continued to suffer discrimination and poverty despite a United Nations declaration that aims to promote their rights.

UN spotlights film as a window into indigenous lives

On the frozen Arctic, a hunter in search of seals watches in horror as one of his tribesmen murders another. Then the killer begs him to forget what he saw and help dispose of the body. Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s short film, the first ever made in the Inupiaq language, asks what constitutes justice in an isolated community where everyone needs each other just to survive.

New Zealand must forge ahead with efforts to improve indigenous people’s rights – UN

As “troubling” inequalities persist between Maori and non-Maori, New Zealand must press ahead with efforts to improve the human rights of its indigenous people, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Dialogue crucial to boosting understanding of indigenous justice in Ecuador – UN expert

A United Nations independent human rights expert today called for dialogue in Ecuador in the wake of the controversy surrounding the punishment doled out to an accused man by a local indigenous group.

Land rights of ex-slave communities in Brazil at risk, UN expert warns

A possible court decision in favour of Brazil’s industrial and livestock sector against the land rights of centuries-old communities set up by former slaves could infringe the country’s international human rights obligations, a United Nations expert warned today.