UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues considers the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery

In its April 2010 meeting, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues discussed its draft report on the Doctrine of Discovery and the effect this international legal doctrine has had on Indigenous Peoples around the world.

You can read a report on this meeting at this non-UN website.

A monsignor of the Catholic Church has responded to this discussion and the argument that papal bulls from the 15th century are to blame for creating the euro-centric, feudal, racial, and religiously inspired Doctrine of Discovery. The monsignor argued that these papal bulls were abrogated by a treaty between Spain and Portugal in 1494 and by another papal bull dating from 1537. People disagree with this statement.

The editors of Indian Country Today have called for the Vatican to withdraw these papal bulls.

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