RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TO BE DEBATED AT OAS
The Organization of American States (OAS) will host a three-day meeting, bringing together government experts from the 34 member countries and leaders from indigenous groups of the Americas, to discuss the final wording of the draft American Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The meeting, which opens Wednesday, February 10, will offer the opportunity to various indigenous groups to express their views and opinions regarding issues reflected in the declaration, including cultural development, organizational and political rights, poverty and other issues. Once the draft is approved, it will head to the OAS General Assembly for final adoption.
The meeting opens Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C., and concludes on Friday. The event is open to the press. The Wednesday morning session can also be downloaded live from the internet at www.oas.org.