Book Chapter

Indigenous Activism for Human Rights: A Case Study from Australia

Rachel Standfield, Lynette RUSSELL

The Routledge History of Human Rights | Routledge | Published : 2019


Indigenous peoples, although absent at the formulation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have been central to developments in conceptualizing human rights in the recent past. Indigenous people have helped shape recent moves toward the recognition of group rights and away from the prominence of state or national rights in the United Nations. This influence extends to longer struggles. Across diverse locations and colonial settings, Indigenous people have attempted to protect their individual and collective rights and to signal to colonists their own understandings of their rights as First Peoples. This essay investigates this longer history of struggles for rights through an exami..

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