Survival, Dignity and Well-Being: Indigenous Human Rights and Transformative Approaches to Justice
Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and M. Marmo, (Eds) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights, Routledge, Milton Park. (2017) ISBN 9781138931176, pp 429-439
27 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2016 Last revised: 13 Jul 2018
Date Written: December 20, 2016
The purpose of this chapter is to look at the normative framework of human rights provided by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of Indigenous peoples’ assertions of their right to ‘justice’. It is argued that the evolving Indigenous justice movement provides a decolonizing moment in challenging the operation of settler colonial criminal justice systems. It can also be argued that Indigenous justice activism, in particular their claims for a measure of jurisdictional autonomy, problematizes the normative foundations of human rights frameworks established by nation-states and supra-national bodies like the UN, frameworks that are often utilized to deny Indigenous claims of exceptionalism afforded them as the ‘First Peoples’.
Keywords: Indigenous Peoples, human rights, criminal justice
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