Respect for Group Rights and Protections
In policies, practices, culture, and decision-making, the company and its representatives exhibit respect for and uphold group rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples, persons living with disabilities, children, women and girls, persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities, as well as migrant workers, persons who identify as LGTBQIA2S+, and other groups.
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Adopted by the General Assembly in September 2007 by a majority of 144 states in favour, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world, and elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms. The declaration provides a trajectory for advancing lasting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and it should be used to inform any statements, policies, or practices related to Indigenous Peoples that your organisation is developing and implementing.
Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: An Introductory Handbook
This handbook provides an introductory overview of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It provides a summary on the UN Declaration and explains how it relates to and is recognised within international law, and includes accessible primers on a range of Indigenous rights enshrined within the UN Declaration, including economic and social rights and the right to lands, territories, and resources. This is a good starting point for leaders and agents of change who want to familiarise themselves with the context of Indigenous rights and relations within Canada.
Human rights work remains a high-risk activity around the globe. Threats and violence against human rights defenders have increased, as well as judicial harassment and criminalisation. This annual report from ProtectDefenders.eu explains the challenging contexts in which human rights defenders endeavour to build resilience in communities and the workplace, and unpacks how COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges. It also explains the mechanisms and strategy that permeate ProtectDefenders.eu's work, and highlights success stories. It also explains programmes in action that your business can support.