Indigenous Rights: In the Age of the UN Declaration

Book, 2014, 352 pp
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This examination of the role played by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in advancing indigenous peoples' self-determination comes at a time when the quintessential Eurocentric nature of international law has been significantly challenged by the increasing participation of indigenous peoples on the international legal scene. Even though the language of human rights discourse has historically contributed to delegitimise indigenous peoples' rights to their lands and cultures, this same language is now upheld by indigenous peoples in their on-going struggles against the assimilation and eradication of their cultures. By demanding that the human rights and freedoms contained in various UN human rights instruments be now extended to indigenous peoples and communities, indigenous peoples are playing a key role in making international law more 'humanising' and less subject to State priorities.

"Running in similar directions to the previous volume, Pulitano's collection strikes out in a few unique paths by creating space for sustained critique of the Declaration and some significant conversation engaging worldviews, ecology, and even Indigenous literatures. One of the key takeaways is the way in which Indigenous peoples are actually "humanizing" international law and de-centring the state in the process." - Steve Heinrichs, Director, Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations

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