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Central African Republic ratifies ILO Convention No. 169
The Central African Republic (CAR) has become the first African Member State of the International Labor Organization to ratify ILO Convention No. 169.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 169 recognizes that
"...developments in the situation of indigenous and tribal peoples in all regions of the world, have made it appropriate to adopt new international standards...with a view to removing the assimilationist orientation of the earlier standards, and recognising the aspirations of these peoples to exercise control over their own institutions, ways of life and economic development and to maintain and develop their identities, languages and religions, within the framework of the States in which they live, and noting that in many parts of the world these peoples are unable to enjoy their fundamental human rights to the same degree as the rest of the population of the States within which they live, and that their laws, values, customs and perspectives have often been eroded..."
The ratification of the Convention signals the Republic's commitment to fully implementing all provisions of the Convention and coordinating the State's action to systematically protect the rights of indigenous peoples in its territory.
With the addition of the CAR, the total number of States having ratified Convention No. 169 is now 21.
Read the official announcement on the ILO website here.
Read the full text of ILO Convention No. 169 here.
Posted By Lopaka Purdy at 3:03pm on May 05, 2010
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