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Statement by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal Delivered at the Release of a Nepali Translation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 30 May 2008, Kathmandu
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The Declaration outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and ensures their right to
remain distinct and to pursue their own visions of economic, social and cultural development.
It also explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between states and
indigenous peoples living within state territories.
Most of Nepal’s janajati/adivasi communities have experienced marginalization – but recent
months have seen positive changes. One was the government’s signing last year of the
International Labor Organization’s Convention 169 on indigenous and tribal peoples, which
stresses the state’s responsibility to hold meaningful consultations with its indigenous
peoples in all matters that affect their lives. Another of course is the recent election of the
Constituent Assembly, roughly one-third of whose members are from janajati/adivasi
communities. Those results, though encouraging for the inclusion of janajatis/adivasis in
state institutions, are not fully representative, and I know that many of you here today are
working as we speak to ensure that your communities are better represented.

#RICHARDBENNETT #RIGHTS #RESPECT #JANAJATI
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UNOHCHR ,   (2008 )
Type / Script:
Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
HUMAN RIGHTS, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, INDIGENOUS POPULATIONS, LAWS, DISCRIMINATION, DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ELECTIONS, PEACE, CONSTITUTION, CONFLICT
Thematic Group:
 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Thesaurus:
14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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