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Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was completed by the Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities in 1993. Since some articles concerning the rights to self-determination and land rights are controversial, the draft Declaration has not yet been adopted.

Article 14

    Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalise, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons. States shall take effective measures, whenever any right of indigenous peoples may be threatened, to ensure this right is protected and also to ensure that they can understand and be understood in political, legal and administrative proceedings, where necessary through the provision of interpretation or by other appropriate means.
Article 15
    Indigenous children have the right to all levels and forms of education of the state. All indigenous peoples also have this right and the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.
    Indigenous children living outside their communities have the right to be provided access to education in their own culture and language.
    States shall take effective measures to provide appropriate resources for these purposes.
Article 17
    Indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own media in their own languages. They also have the right to equal access to all forms of non-indigenous media. States shall take effective measures to ensure that state-owned media duly reflect indigenous cultural diversity.

Source: UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/1994/56


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