Developing a modern international law on the rights of Indigenous peoples / by Douglas Sanders.: Z1-1991/1-41-96E-PDF

This report describes developments that have occurred in intergovernmental organizations in the last two decades. Perhaps the first major indication of change was the commissioning of the Martinez Cobo study on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations by the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1972. Today we can say with confidence that indigenous issues are on the human rights agenda of the United Nations and feature in discussions on population, sustainable development, intellectual property, health, education and labour. These advances sometimes seem illusory, for intergovernmental bodies have limited authority and inadequate resources. But we are still at an early stage in the development of an international law that respects individual and collective rights.

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Department/Agency Canada. Privy Council Office.
Canada. Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.
Title Developing a modern international law on the rights of Indigenous peoples / by Douglas Sanders.
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) "December 1994."
Historical publication digitized by the Privy Council Office of Canada.
"Paper prepared as part of the Research Program of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 77-81).
Publishing information [Ottawa] : Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1994.
Author / Contributor Sanders, Douglas E.,1938-
Description v, 91 p.
Catalogue number
  • Z1-1991/1-41-96E-PDF
Subject terms Commissions of inquiry
Aboriginal peoples
International law
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