SEPTEMBER 13, 2007


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly by a majority of 144 states in favor, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions. By 2016, the four countries voting against reversed their position and now supported the Declaration. Today, UNDRIP is the most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous peoples.

Source:  “UNDRIP,” United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Retrieved 7/13/2019,
Graphic:  spiff-enwiki, 6/8/2009.  Public Domain. 

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