Chapter 21: Definitional complexities and the boundaries of the concept of Indigenous peoples
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This chapter examines issues related to the definition of Indigenous peoples, notably the absence of a definition in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The chapter traces definitions in instruments before and after UNDRIP and discusses some reasons the UNDRIP ended up without a definition. The chapter argues that the lack of a definition poses particular problems in African contexts. The chapter then examines rhetorical invocations of Indigenous rights in the heated context of Israel and Special Rapporteur James Anaya's engagement with these questions in a manner that would have reduced the significance of the definition and seen the recognition of Indigenous rights as constructive for minorities akin to Indigenous peoples. The chapter closes by showing how recent attacks on the concept of local communities run counter to Anaya's approach and show how definitional issues are connected to deeper moral questions.

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