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International Human Rights Instruments

Specific instruments on indigenous peoples' rights

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, UNDRIP

Adopted in 2007, the UNDRIP recognizes the wide range of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples such as the right to unrestricted self-determination and inalienable and collective land and resource right. It also establishes guarantees against ethnocide and genocide.

ILO Convention No. 169 on Indigenous Peoples

Adopted in 1989, it reflects changes in the position of indigenous and tribal populations and greater understanding of their position by governments, employers and workers.

ILO Convention No. 107 of 1957 concerning Indigenous and Tribal Populations
In 1957, the ILO adopted convention 107 to be applied to indigenous and tribal populations in independent countries and aimed at protecting these peoples against abuses. In 1989, the revised version; ILO Convention 169 was adopted

Other human rights instruments of importance to indigenous peoples

Other conventions: