|Labor to support UN indigenous rights declaration|
|Friday, 27 de March de 2009|
The Federal Government says it will support a UN declaration on indigenous rights which the Howard government voted against in 2007.
Sixteen months after taking power, Labor will make good its election promise to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will make the statement of support at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday, April 3.
The Government says the change of position is an important symbolic step for building trust and resetting black and white relations in Australia.
The move follows the historic apology to the stolen generations in February last year.
The declaration, which sets out the rights of the world's estimated 370 million indigenous people, is not legally binding.
Earlier this month, human rights group Amnesty International slammed the Rudd Government for failing to support the declaration in its first year in office.
Aboriginal leaders have also criticised the delay.
Australia was one of just four countries to vote against the declaration when the UN's General Assembly adopted it in September 2007, along with the United States, New Zealand and Canada.
Opposition legal affairs spokesman George Brandis says the declaration goes "well beyond'' the rights recognised in Australian domestic law.
The Howard government opposed the declaration on the grounds it elevated customary law above national law.
Source: Australian Associated Press
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