The three dimensions of the rights of indigenous peoples

  • Kuppe R
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Indigenous peoples experience three levels of injustice: they are the trans-generational victims of historic colonisation; they are politically disenfranchised and their cultural diversity is not officially recognized. Indigenous peoples struggle for the recognition of their specific rights in order to overcome the injustice they are currently experiencing. This article explains how the recognition of these rights conflicts with some of the basic principles of modern constitutional democracy: the declared equality of all citizens; the legitimization of the state for the common good of all and the legal fiction of one homogenous people making up the state.

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  • Equality
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Inherent indigenous rights
  • Modem constitutionalism
  • Protection of cultural identity

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  • René Kuppe

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