‘We the peoples…’: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


  • Paul Oldham,

    1. Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster University. He has conducted fieldwork with the Piaroa in southern Venezuela and works on international environmental and human rights issues. His email is: poldham@lancaster.ac.uk
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  • Miriam Anne Frank

    1. Lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria. She worked on the Declaration from 1993 until its adoption and is the International Human Rights and Environment Coordinator for the Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples (NCIV). Her email is: reachmiriam@earthlink.net
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This article reports on the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the 13th of September 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly. The article examines the final stages of the negotiation of the Declaration and briefly considers the role that anthropology might play in promoting this new human rights instrument.