2.2.2 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This Declaration is the main document on Indigenous rights. Signed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007, it acknowledges that all peoples contribute to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures, which constitute the common heritage of humankind. With respect to the “Information Society,” the Declaration acknowledges the rights these peoples have to promote and protect their cultures, knowledge and traditions through the most varied forms of expression. In its Article 16, the Declaration determines that:

"Indigenous peoples have the right to establish their own media in their own languages and to have access to all forms of non-indigenous media without discrimination."

In order to achieve this, it directs that:

  • States will take effective measures to ensure that public media adequately reflect Indigenous cultural diversity.
  • States, with no detriment to their obligation to ensure freedom of expression, should encourage the private media to adequately reflect Indigenous cultural diversity.