December 10, 2018, Human Rights Day, marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language or other status. Until the adoption of ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous Peoples in 1989 and more recently until the adoption of UNDRIP by UN General Assembly in 2007, the observation of Human Rights Day was not as meaningful for Indigenous Peoples, as the UDHR does not specifically mention Indigenous Peoples. Today, UDHR, anchored with ILO Convention 169 and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, have made a real impact. Cultural Survival's staff, Dev Kumar Sunuwar, produced a special program on International Human Rights Day, interviewing Dr. Krishna Bahadur Bhattachan, a leading sociologist and Indigenous activist from Nepal.
- Dev Kumar Sunuwar
- Dr. Krishna Bahadur Bhattachan, a leading sociologists and indigenous activists of Nepal.
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