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The Legal Development Of Indigenous Peoples' Rights In Contemporary International Law

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Over the centuries, indigenous peoples have been the victims of prejudice, marginalisation, discrimination, violence, enforced relocation, confiscation of property, war and conflict, etc. In today's international community, a number of indigenous peoples, groups and communities have the special, recognised status of indigenous peoples. Unfortunately, there are a great number of peoples who have been completely deprived of this status for various reasons. Most frequently, these reasons refer to the fact that recognition of the status of indigenous peoples, when given to a certain community or group, also implies recognition of certain special rights, i.e. duties on the part of the state. Finally, authorities always fear that recognition of the special status of indigenous peoples, and this especially refers to the sensitive issue of the right to self-determination and the right to territories requested by indigenous peoples, could in the end result in the demand for secession.

Keywords: contemporary international law; indigenous people; right to self-determination; right to territories



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