Background

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are entitled to the full realisation of their rights as articulated in relevant human rights treaties, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and specifically the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

The Australian Government indicated its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on 3 April 2009.The Declaration is a comprehensive statement of Australia’s existing human rights obligations to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Although it does not create new rights, it provides a comprehensive framework for action.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a guarantee that Indigenous Peoples rights to self-determination, to lands and territories, to cultural identities, to self-representation and to their unique values and beliefs will be respected at the international level.

“As an international instrument, the Declaration provides a blueprint for Indigenous peoples and governments around the world, based on the principles of self-determination and participation, to respect the rights and roles of Indigenous peoples within society. It is the instrument that contains the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples all over the world” - Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.

ANTaR exists to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to advocate for rights, justice and reconciliation.  We are committed to applying the principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples in our planning and the delivery of our campaigns and programs. We will continue to give voice to these rights in our advocacy work.