“The elimination of all forms of discrimination, especially gender, ethnic and race discrimination, as well as diverse forms of intolerance, the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples and migrants, and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity in the Americas contribute to strengthening democracy and citizen participation.” Art. 9 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter
In coordinating matters related to indigenous peoples within the OAS
General Secretariat, the Department of International Law (DIL) adopted a
Program of Action on Indigenous Peoples in the Americas in 2009 with
the aim of “promoting and strengthening the participation of indigenous
peoples in domestic and international decision-making processes,
increasing the awareness of society in general regarding this topic,
training indigenous peoples’ representatives in a range of areas that
will allow the comprehensive development of their communities, and
establishing indigenous issues as a cross-cutting theme in the
Organization’s different projects and activities.”.
In addition, the Department participates in the process of negotiating a Draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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