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Cuba advocated before the United Nations Tuesday for the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which will serve as a guide for the demands of these communities since their colonization.

Speaking at the Third Commission of the General Assembly, Cuban delegate Jorge Cumbertbatch pointed out that while important results were obtained in the First Decade of the World s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004), the adoption of the mentioned declaration features in the Second one.

The UN Declaration, agreed upon after extensive negotiations in Geneva and still to be adopted by the UN General Assembly, has been long awaited by indigenous peoples and the universal human rights community, the diplomat said.

Its full execution, Cumbertbatch sustained, will guide the demands indigenous peoples have made since they were colonized, and deprived of their lands and original culture.

The official highlighted solidarity as one of the essential elements in the joint actions the international community must fulfil to compensate for the historic debt to the world s indigenous peoples.

Source: Prensa Latina

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