Indigenous Peoples and ESCR
Indigenous peoples continue to challenge multiple violations of economic, social and cultural rights. In addition to facing higher rates of poverty, disease, and illiteracy, indigenous people also frequently suffer violations of their cultural rights, especially in regards to language, religion and cultural practices, and access to and control of land and natural resources.
- United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted at the First Session of the new UN Human Rights Council on 29 June 2006, after years of struggle.
- The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.