Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Americas
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Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Americas

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John Ahni Schertow
April 10, 2010
 

Robert Coulter talks about the State of Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Americas and recent developments in Human Rights and International Law.

Robert Coulter is a member of the Potawatomi Nation and Executive Director of the Indian Law Resource Center (ILRC).

On March 29, 2010, Coulter, who also founded the ILRC in 1978, spoke for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes on the topic of “Indigenous Rights in the Americas and recent developments in Human Rights” at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy in New York.

In his presentation, Coulter examines some of the recent historic developments of indigenous rights, including the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on September 13, 2007; and the similar Proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Populations. He also discusses some of the key Rights acknowledged in these two documents.

The bulk of his talk is devoted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) one of two bodies of the Inter-American legal system “devoted to the protection and promotion of human rights”..

An independant organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), in recent years, the IACHR has become increasingly receptive to the legal claims of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas. This makes it one of the most important forums for Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Americas and a leading example for the world.

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