April 2005

Advancing the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: a Critical Challenge for the International Community: Voices from a forum at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights

This report was presented by Amnesty International, la Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), the Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples (NCIV), Friends World Committee for Consultation (Quakers), and Rights and Democracy. These organizations organized a Forum at the 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, at which several discussants raised issues for consideration. This report is a compilation of voices at the panel, which included including Louise Arbour, then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Rodolfo  Stavenhagen, U.N Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, Willie Littlechild, Rapporteur of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Dalee Sambo Dorough of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference; Mililani Trask, a native Hawaiian attorney with an NGO called Na Koa Ikaika O Ka Lahui.


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