Chief George Manuel Speach

doCip Newsletter July-August 2006

In its first session the Human Rights Council adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with 30 voting in favour and 2 against (Canada - which had called for the vote - and Russia), with 12 abstentions. The vote took place after 21 years of discussions; 10 in the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples and the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities; and 11 in the Working Group on the Draft Declaration (WGCD). The vote signaled a good beginning for the Human Rights Council.