The Federation Press

Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations and Human Rights

Overview

Dr Julian Burger, Indigenous Peoples Program, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says:

"Sarah Pritchard makes a welcome and practical contribution to the upholding of human rights. Her book brings together articles by the world’s leading authorities... Congratulations ... for providing Aboriginal people and other interested individuals and organisations with this hands-on guide to the United Nations and human rights."

Reviews

This resource discusses the international forces which shape legal and moral obligations of governments and people. Indigenous issues are dealt with clearly and concisely. Invaluable for international comparative studies in legal and Aboriginal studies, the book includes excellent primary sources and sound interpretation of issues ... - Aboriginal Education K-12 Resource Guide (2004), NSW Dept of Education & Training

The essays edited by Sarah Pritchard prove that you don’t have to have a law degree to understand recent developments in Indigenous rights and how the UN can help protect the human rights of all people. . . . This is a much needed and enormously practical guide to knowing your Indigenous rights. - Patricia Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

[A] sort of recipe book on human rights, a ‘do-it-yourself’ guide to using the UN to safeguard human rights – and it will be a valuable tool for Aboriginal peoples and organisations ... - Tracker Tilmouth, Director, Central Land Council

Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations and Human Rights is a much-needed, user-friendly guide [which] will surely become an indispensable addition to the libraries of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. - Aden Ridgeway, Executive Director, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

Table of Contents

Introduction

The significance of international law
Sarah Pritchard
Linking international standards with contemporary concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Mick Dodson

The UN Charter-based human rights system
The UN Charter-based human rights system: an overview
Garth Nettheim
Working Group on Indigenous Populations: mandate, standard-setting activities and future perspectives
Sarah Pritchard

The UN treaty-based human rights system and individual complaints
The UN treaty-based human rights system: an overview
Hilary Charlesworth
Individual complaints: an overview and admissibility requirements
Hilary Charlesworth
Individual complaints: historical perspectives and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Philip Alston
Individual communications under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Elizabeth Evatt
Individual communications: the Convention against Torture and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Michael O’Flaherty

The UN treaty-based human rights system and periodic reporting
Periodic reporting: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Philip Alston
Periodic reporting: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Elizabeth Evatt
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: non-governmental input and the early warning and urgent procedure
Michael O’Flaherty

Indigenous peoples and some relevant human rights standards
Substantive provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
Michael O’Flaherty
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Indigenous peoples
Sarah Pritchard

Select bibliography

Appendices
Model communication
Example of Secretariat reply to an individual communication
Extract from Rules of Procedure of the Human Rights Committee
Extract from Rules of Procedure of the Committee against Torture
Extract from Rules of Procedure of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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