The purpose of this web page is to explain the current
status of the negotiations underway within the Organization
of American States on the proposed American Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Originally, the General Assembly, meeting in Washington
D.C., in November 1989, asked the Inter-American Commission
on Human Rights (the IACHR) to prepare a “legal instrument
be adopted in regard to the human rights of the indigenous
peoples” for adoption in 1992 (see operative paragraph 13 of
resolution [AG/RES. 1022 (XIX-O/89)]). The legal instrument
prepared by the IACHR was submitted to the Permanent Council
on April 10, 1997, as a draft declaration, with the title
[Proposed American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples] (hereinafter “the Proposed American Declaration
prepared by the IACHR”).
The goal of the Working Group is to adopt each provision by
consensus, as established by the successive resolutions on
the matter and the chosen working methodology.
• If no consensus is reached, the Chair of the Working Group
will invite the delegations to hold informal consultations,
working in drafting groups composed of representatives of
the states and the indigenous peoples, to find a text
acceptable to all parties.
• Should consensus still not be reached, the Chair will
present an alternative proposal for consideration by the
• If, after these efforts, no consensus has been reached,
the word, phrase, or paragraph still pending will remain in
“Proposed procedure for promptly concluding the negotiations
in the quest for points of consensus of the Working Group to
Prepare the Draft American Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples” (GT/DADIN/doc.246/06 rev.7, of December