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R2P and the ‘Protection’ of Indigenous Peoples

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According to the UN General Assembly's 2005 World Summit Outcome, 'each individual State has the responsibility to protect its populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity'. Indigenous peoples, just like any other sectors of a State population, have the right to be protected against such dreadful violations of human dignity. They do not necessitate to be protected by State governments for the reason that they are unable to provide to themselves by themselves. When it comes to indigenous peoples State R2P extends to all collective and individual rights recognized by international law in their favour. The existence and nature of the State R2P indigenous peoples are confirmed by relevant international legal instruments and practice. The existence of R2P indigenous peoples' rights is confirmed at the domestic level, by both statutory provisions and judgments adopted/enacted in virtually all countries with a remarkable presence of indigenous communities.

Keywords: crimes against humanity; indigenous peoples; international human rights law; international legal instrument; Responsibility to Protect (R2P); UN General Assembly



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