Dec 20, 2010

Indigenous Rights Endorsed

The United States announced their endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples three years into its adoption. With the U.S. having been the last of four hesistant members to support the Declaration, it is now fully endorsed by the UN.

Below is an article published by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

The United States has announced that it endorses the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Earlier today [16 December 2010] President Barack Obama announced that the United States support the Declaration in an address to the White House Tribal Nations Conference. Back in April the U.S. had said that it would be revising its position. This announcement comes just over a month after Canada made a similar move announcing its support for the Declaration, while New Zealand announced its support in April this year. Australia endorsed the Declaration in 2009.

When the Declaration was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007, four countries voted against. They were Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.