16th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

13 Sep, 2023 | Press Releases

13 September 2023

Today we celebrate the 16th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a conquest for justice and human dignity. This document, signed on 13 September 2007 by the UN General Assembly, is fundamental for highlighting a minimum standard of how Indigenous People worldwide should be treated. Their rights include not only the most basic human rights of physical survival and integrity, but also the preservation of their land, language, religion and other elements of cultural heritage that are part of their existence as a people.

NPWJ is on the front line for the inclusion of indigenous peoples, essential not only in protecting the world’s biodiversity and fighting climate change but also in combatting the structural discrimination that has affected them for decades and still affects them. The UNDRIP, a landmark for NPWJ too, seeks to affirm and empower people who for centuries have systematically faced genocide and have continually experienced human rights violations, promoting their full and effective political and social participation, as well as harmonious and cooperative relations.

No Peace Without Justice is glad to celebrate this remarkable anniversary! Through our work, we continue to advocate for the respect of indigenous rights and for the encouragement of UNDRIP’s vision, profoundly necessary for the sustainability of communities everywhere.