“Enforcing the UNDRIP”

This paper will focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) which was adopted in 2007. Although the UNDRIP faced a long road to its creation, the resulting document is one that was ground breaking for the recognition of rights among indigenous people within the international community. Unfortunately, recent issues have surfaced that indicate that UNDRIP has not been appropriately integrated into national frameworks. This paper will borrow on the report “Catalysts for Change: IESCR among Indigenous People in Asia” and discuss why UNDRIP is a key element to creating a meaningful and cooperative relationship with indigenous groups, not only in Asia, but around the world. It will probe the extent to which this Treaty can assist the UN in supporting State delivery of IESCR to this unique group and the extent to which issues of trust and distrust can be seen along a continuum of progressive realisation