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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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The age of rights1

The age of rights1

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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Patrick Thornberry

Manchester University Press

The iron cage of sovereignty-based international law loosened its power significantly in the twentieth century. A range of entities—States, international organisations, peoples, individuals, transnational corporations, etc.—presently participate in international law, as do indigenous peoples and minority groups. This flexibility is reflected only to a limited extent in current articulations of sources of international law. The entities do not all participate in the same way: State rights are not the same as rights for individuals; rights and duties of organisations are linked to the specifics of their mandates; rights of peoples are not the same as rights of minorities. This chapter discusses the UN Charter, general aspects of self-determination, general aspects of human rights and international action in support of human rights.

Keywords:   international law, indigenous peoples, UN Charter, human rights

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