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Title of Course: International Law 101
Class #9: Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous People, Pt 1 [Audio Version]
The Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous People has been included in this course because of the Black Nationalist work of the Washitaw Nation, a nation that is made up of Black People who have the archaeological and historical evidence to prove that the original inhabitants of North and South America (so called "Indians") were Black People who came here from Africa. Many of the claims of the Washitaw Nation, made up of Black People just like you and me who grew up in the United States just like all of Us did, has been recognized as legitimate by the United Nations and the United States government. Therefore, as a Black person in the United States, you can go through the proper Washitaw procedure to declare your Washitaw citizenship, keep on working your present job and not have to pay a dime in US taxes. And that's only the beginning! A course on the Washitaw is being worked on and will appear in Aset University's curriculum soon.
In order to understand the Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous People, you must keep four things in mind: (1) The term "Indigenous Peoples" refers to the traditional and historical occupants of a land; (2) The term "State" refers to the country that stole the land from the traditional and historical inhabitants; (3) The Declaration does not deny the right of the State to exist and (4) Persons who make up the Indigenous People can declare their indigenous citizenship without giving up any of the rights and privileges that citizens of the State enjoy.
Read the questions below. Afterwards, Click Here to find some of the Articles of the Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous People that are most relevant to Black People.
(1) Do you think the Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous People is relevant to you as a Black person in the United States of America?
(2) Would you declare yourself a citizen of a Black nation that exists right here in what we presently call the United States of America?
(3) How do the claims of the Republic of New Afrika and the Washitaw Nation work together to enhance and further legitimize the right of Black People to self government?
(4) Why would Black individuals who know about the Washitaw Nation fail to declare their Washitaw citizenship?
(5) Pay close attention to Articles 11, 24 and 32. Why are those articles particularly meaningful to you and other Black inividuals?
3 Indigenous peoples have the right
of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine
their political status and freely pursue their economic, social
and cultural development.
ARTICLE 4 Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, economic, social and cultural characteristics, as well as their legal systems, while retaining their rights to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.
ARTICLE 9 Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions and customs of the community or nation concerned. No disadvantage of any kind may arise from the exercise of such a right.
Indigenous peoples have the right to special protection and security
in periods of armed conflict. States shall observe international
standards, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949,
for the protection of civilian populations in circumstances of
emergency and armed conflict, and shall not:
a. recruit indigenous individuals against their will into the armed forces and, in particular, for use against other indigenous peoples;
b. recruit indigenous children into the armed forces under any circumstances;
c. force indigenous individuals to abandon their lands, territories or means of subsistence, or relocate them in special centres for military purposes;
d. force indigenous individuals to work for military purposes under any discriminatory conditions.
ARTICLE 14 Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.
Indigenous peoples have the right to participate fully, if they
so choose, at all levels of decision-making in matters which may
affect their rights, lives and destinies through representatives
chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures,
as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision-making
ARTICLE 24 Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and health practices, including the right to the protection of vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. They also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all medical institutions, health services and medical care.
ARTICLE 32 Indigenous peoples have the collective right to determine their own citizenship in accordance with their customs and traditions. Indigenous citizenship does not impair the right of indigenous individuals to obtain citizenship of the States in which they live.
ARTICLE 38 Indigenous peoples have the right to have access to adequate financial and technical assistance, from States and through international cooperation, to pursue freely their political, economic, social, cultural and spiritual development and for the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms recognized in this Declaration.
Please review this information and give it some additional thought.
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