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.
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.
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.
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
To MOST Clearing House Homepage