The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Participate in Development Projects

The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Participate in Development Projects INTRODUCTION Although its roots are found in the Charter of the United Nations, the right to development is a fairly recent human right. The right to development is not part of principal international human rights instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) or International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).' On the other hand, both the Universal Declaration and ICESCR protect and promote certain economic and social human rights, such as the right to social progress and the right to an adequate standard of living, rights that are often considered integral components of the right to development. It was not until 1986 that the UN General Assembly adopted a Declaration on the Right to Development, making the right to development a specific right under international law. Article 1, paragraph 1 of the Declaration actually defines the right to development as an "inalienable" human right: The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms Human Rights in Development Online Brill

The Right of Indigenous Peoples to Participate in Development Projects

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Martinus Nijhoff
Copyright 2005 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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