Sunday, December 19, 2010

President Obama Supports UN Resolution Defending the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Shout out to rikyrah of Jack and Jill Politics

On December 16, 2010, the Washington Post reported:

"President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States will reverse course and support a United Nations declaration defending the rights of indigenous peoples.

The declaration is intended to protect the rights of more than 370 million native peoples worldwide, affirming their equality and ability to maintain their own institutions, cultures and spiritual traditions. It sets standards to fight discrimination and marginalization and eliminate human rights violations.

Administration officials said last April that they were reviewing the U.S. position on the declaration. The State Department called the decision to support the declaration a "meaningful change in the U.S. position.""

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