on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
International Conference on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
June 18–20, 1999
National Taiwan University, Taipei, TAIWAN
We are 220 participants from around the world, including representatives of the Aboriginal Peoples of Taiwan, the Ainu of Japan, the Khoi-Khoi of South Africa, the Maori of Aotearoa-New Zealand, the Dusun Peoples of Malaysia, the Mohawk of Canada, and other participants from Australia, Canada, France, United States, Japan and Taiwan. After three days interactive discussion of various issues related to land and resource rights, cultural rights and international law concerning Indigenous Peoples, we hereby declare as follows:
We the participants resolve that the following resolutions be tabled, passed
1.That all the participants of the International Symposium on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples give support and solidarity to the Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan to attend those forums and conferences which are attended by the world family of Indigenous Peoples, to discuss those matters regarding Indigenous Peoples and their communities and;
Furthermore we call upon those in authority to give support during this United Nations decade of the Indigenous Peoples, to ensure Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan join with the family of the worlds of Indigenous Peoples as they gather at the United Nations and other International Fora.
2.That within the United Nations decade of Indigenous Peoples the College
of Law of the National Taiwan University reflect their commitment to the Indigenous
Peoples of Taiwan and take the following positive steps to ensure the availability
and promotion with in Law School and its curriculum of those bodies of Law
regarding Indigenous Peoples and furthermore;
We respectfully request that the Law School take pro-active measures to ensure and to make available places within the Law School for Indigenous students as part of a policy to ensure the diversity which Indigenous Peoples bring to the body of law, is maintained promoted and an intrinsic component in the fabric of the legal profession.
MOVED: Kenneth Deer, Mohawk of the Mohawk Nation, Canada. Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples Caucus at United Nations in Geneva.
SECONDED: Tauni Ngatai Sinclair, Maori of the Ngati Porou Tribe of Aotearoa/ New Zealand.
Chairperson: Hsu Chieh-lin, Dean of the College of Law, National Taiwan University.
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