Friday, December 22, 2006

UN General Assembly Defers Action on the Declaration of Indigenus Peoples' Rights

United Nations 20 December 2006 General Assembly GA/10563 ---

Department of Public Information o News and Media Division o New York Sixty-first General Assembly Plenary 82^nd Meeting (AM)

Concluding consideration of Third Committee reports, General Assembly adopts convention on enforced disappearance Defers Action on Indigenous Peoples' Declaration; Adopts Texts on Kidnapping, Trafficking in Persons, UN Crime Programme, African Institute, World Drug Problem

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In other business, the Assembly adopted a resolution on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, by which it decided to defer consideration of and action on that document until sometime before the end of the current session. The deferment had been sought by delegations who had expressed concerns about the Declaration's potential effects on national sovereignty and land rights, though several other Member States, mainly from Latin America, had noted during the Committee's meetings that, after 24 years of drafting and revisions to address the concerns of many delegations, it was time to make the Declaration a reality. That resolution was adopted by a recorded vote of 85 in favour to none against, with 89 abstentions (see annex).
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