UN – Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine).

Article 31 deals with intellectual property and traditional knowledge

Articles 11 & 12 deal with cultural,spiritual and religious rights