EU Renews Support For Indigenous People
In celebrations of World Indigenous People Day Thursday, August 9th the European Union Delegation to Liberia released a statement in Monrovia, quoting the EU High Representative as renewing support to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
“High Representative Catherine Ashton believes the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is an important instrument for promoting human rights.
“Today we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. On behalf of the European Union, I join them in celebrating their rich cultural heritage and contribution to the world.
The EU has supported from the very beginning the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration is an important instrument for promoting human rights, but its full implementation is key to the actual enjoyment of those rights. The EU has repeatedly called on all states to make this a reality,” the European Union said in a statement issued in Monrovia.
However, High Representative Ashton stressed that its full implementation is key to the actual enjoyment of those rights as the EU has repeatedly called on all states to make this a reality. She emphasized that the EU has a long track record of promoting the human rights of indigenous people in all aspects of its work.
According to her, this includes from contacts with indigenous representatives to political dialogues and making statements at the United Nations, to giving financial support to civil society projects.
The EU High Representative and Foreign Policy Chief said the EU can always do more with respect to the Rights of Indigenous People and this is why in the new EU Human Rights Strategy, it has committed to taking a new look at its policy to developing it in the context of the UN Declaration and in preparation for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.