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ACTING FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS - Theatre to Change the World
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ACTING FOR INDIGENOUS RIGHTS strengthens the human rights of Indigenous Peoples worldwide and promotes cooperation among Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples towards the implementation of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP A/RES/61/295). In conjunction with training and outreach activities, the project employs Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed to create information and popular education materials designed to raise awareness of UNDRIP.

Materials include:

• Topic Book 7 in the Human Rights Education Series published by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center;

• Theatre and web-based multimedia resources aimed at train-the-trainer workshops and advocacy tools.

Training and advocacy tools are designed to promote effective participation of Indigenous Peoples in decisions that directly or indirectly affect their lifestyles, their traditional lands and territories, and their cultural integrity.

All discrimination needs to be eliminated. Recognizing that special measures are required to protect the world’s 370 million Indigenous Peoples, the UN General Assembly adop ed UNDRIP in 2007. However, the failure of state parties to respect and implement the Declaration is a principle cause of treaty violations, resulting in pervasive human rights violations. Among the rights guaranteed by the Declaration is that of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), a requirement essential to Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination.

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