WikiLeaks show U.S. worries about Indigenous Rights

An Indian Country Today article, Oct. 5, 2011, at 12, reports that WikiLeaks released thousands of United States diplomatic cables that show, among many other things, America's concerns about Indigenous Peoples claiming rights under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). 

The U.S. only agreed in December 2010 to partially comply with the UNDRIP after voting no when the United Nations adopted it in September 2011 by a vote of 146-4 (11 abstentions).  The United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada were the only no votes.

The cables also show U.S. concerns with Bolivian President Evo Morales, who is Indigenous and has worked to promote and protect Indigenous rights through his Movement Towards Socialism party.

A Jan. 2008 cable from the U.S. embassy in Bolivia reported that Boliva had adopted the UNDRIP as national law and that it would contradict existing Bolivian land laws.

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