The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples Essay

1940 Words May 13th, 2015 8 Pages
For hundreds of years the rights of indigenous peoples have been violated. Whether it was denying them the rights to sacred lands, denying them the ability to practice their religious ceremonies, or simply denying their existence all together. It was not until 2007 that an internationally recognized declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples was drafted and ratified. Since then there have been over 140 countries to ratify this declaration. The questions that now persist are whether or not this Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIP) clearly defines the terms “Indigenous Peoples” and “Indigenous Individuals” or whether the DRIP is an adequate source of guidance that determines if an individual can claim the rights as an indigenous person. These questions raise concerns about the overall effectiveness and adaptability of the declaration. The DRIP does provide the necessary information as to the rights of the indigenous population or individuals. However, in the DRIP it states in Article 4, Indigenous peoples have the right to self-government related to matters internally. Determining whether or not the individual can claim their own indigenous identity, specifically relates to the Articles 4 and 33. It is their right to claim their identity and it is the right of the peoples to accept or reject them. This paper will analyze the rights of indigenous peoples, discuss advantages and disadvantages of defining the terms more clearly, and possible provisions to…

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