EU commits to protecting indigenous people’s rights

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(VOVWORLD) - On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9, the European Union reiterated its firm and continued commitment to respecting, protecting and fulfilling indigenous peoples’ rights as set out in international human rights law and in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said the EU respects indigenous youth’s involvement in discussion and action in line with this year’s theme “Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination”.

Indigenous youth stand on the frontline of two of the most pressing crises humanity has ever faced: a loss of biodiversity and climate change. At the same time, they lack avenues for full participation in political and public life, to address challenges such as loss of territory, livelihoods, and resources, or to advocate for self-determination and defend their rights.

This year, the EU has invested 2.3 million euros in a new Arctic Youth Dialogues initiative to involve Arctic and European youth, including indigenous youth, in policy and decision-making.