Thursday, April 14, 2011
Between Governance and Genocide
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a hearing on the subject of indigenous jurisdiction arising in Andean states. As the international human rights regime explores legal pluralism within internationally recognized states, instruments like the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO 169 continue to guide the discussion on how to fully implement human rights, including jurisdictional authority of indigenous nations marginalized by the market system. Adopting mechanisms that guarantee indigenous sovereignty is sometimes all that stands between governance and genocide.