Botswana supports UN declaration

source: BOPA
17 September, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana voted in favour of the revised text of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People, which was adopted by the General Assembly on September 13.

A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says the vote “follows painstaking and protracted negotiations which ultimately resulted in the accommodation of some amendments submitted by member states of the African Union”.

The release also states that concerns of the member states of the African Union with respect to the original draft were that it contained provisions, which had the potential to promote division and conflict on the African continent.

Areas of concern included the absence of a definition of indigenous peoples, Interpretation of self-determination, Ownership of land and natural resources, Establishment of economic and political institutions and veto powers over laws passed by democratic national legislative bodies, National and territorial integrity; and Deployment of the military in lands and territories owned, occupied or used by indigenous peoples.

“Botswana is pleased that these concerns have [continue reading]

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