Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson
Chapter 47: World Council of Indigenous Peoples: Declaration of Principles
* 1. All human rights of Indigenous Peoples must be respected. No form of discrimination against Indigenous Peoples shall be allowed. 2. All Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of this right they can freely determine their political, economic, social, religious and cultural development, in agreement with the principles stated in this declaration. 3. Every nation-state within which Indigenous Peoples live shall recognize the population, territory and institutions belonging to said peoples. 4. The culture of Indigenous Peoples is part of mankind’s cultural patrimony. 5. The customs and usages of the Indigenous Peoples must be respected by the nationstates and recognized as a legitimate source of rights. 6. Indigenous Peoples have the right to determine which person(s) or group(s) is (are) included in their populations. 7. All Indigenous Peoples have the right to determine the form, structure and jurisdiction of their own institutions. 8. The institutions of Indigenous Peoples, like those of a nation-state, must conform to internationally recognized human rights, both individual and collective. 9. Indigenous Peoples, and their individual members, have the right to participate in the political life of the nation-state in which they are located. 10. Indigenous Peoples have inalienable rights over their traditional lands and resources. All lands and resources which have been usurped, or taken away without the free and knowledgeable consent of Indigenous Peoples, shall be restored to them. 11. The rights of the Indigenous Peoples to their lands include: the soil, the subsoil, coastal economic zones all within...
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