Human Rights and Law Reform

United Nations adopts Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
in an Historic Vote on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Indian and Alaska Native nations and tribes have long used international law, especially human rights law, to challenge the discrimination and injustice that affect them.  International human rights offer some real hope for overcoming the severe unfairness of the laws and policies in many countries, including the United States.

The Indian Law Resource Center has for more than 29 years used international human rights and international legal procedures to defend the rights of indigenous peoples in many countries.  We are leading a campaign to create new human rights specifically for indigenous peoples — to make it clear that countries must respect our right to exist as peoples, our right of self-determination, our rights to our lands, our rights to be free from discrimination and oppression, and other human rights.