After more than 20 years of negotiation between Indigenous peoples and governments worldwide, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was finalised on 13 September, 2007 with the majority of 143 states voting in favour. With 46 Articles, UNDRIP is now the most comprehensive international instrument articulating the protection and realisation of the rights of Indigenous peoples. With this universal framework in place, a minimum standard for the dignity, well-being and survival of Indigenous peoples ensures that nations are held accountable. UNDRIP is an assurance 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. Additionally, the Declaration is of particular significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, due to their comprehensive involvement in drafting the declaration.
The Declaration is the most comprehensive tool we have available to advance and protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I use the Declaration as my guide as Social Justice Commissioner.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO
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 works in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to advocate for rights, justice and reconciliation. We are committed to applying the principles of the UNDRIP in our planning and the delivery of our campaigns and programs. We will continue to give voice to these rights across our advocacy.