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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights$
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Patrick Thornberry

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719037931

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719037931.001.0001

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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Patrick Thornberry

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter briefly sets out the focus of the book, namely human rights instruments and principles. The explorations in the present work suggests a measure of openness in the articulation and application of human rights norms—that they are developmental, adaptive and sensitive to a degree to local interpretations—imperfectly expressed in doctrines such as the ‘margin of appreciation’. The chapter then addresses questions regarding the coherence of the concept of indigenous peoples; the modalities through which indigenous rights should be advanced; the extent to which cultural expression can be qualified in the name of human rights; the nature of the indigenous engagement with international law and institutions; and the limits of contemporary human rights discourse and its potential to accommodate indigenous concepts, mores and world-views.

Keywords:   indigenous peoples, human rights, indigenous rights, coherence cultural expression, international law

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