Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples today, Thursday September 13, by a vote of 143 in favour, 4 against and 11 abstensions.

4 against: U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia – all English speaking countries.

And this is what Indians and Non-Indians think of each other, according to this qualitative report.

Librarianship and Human Rights: a Twenty-first Century Guide

I’ve finally gotten my hot little hands on a copy of this title, by Toni Samek, and beginning to dive into it. I’ve started in the middle, flipped my way through the beginning and end, mining for nuggets of gold. Thought I’d share this one, a link to this composite paper about cooperation between North and South to address the ever-widening gap between information rich and poor.

Human Rights Based Approach to Development

This post on Librarians and Human Rights blog caught my eye. It reminds me of conversations I’ve had with folks who are working in economic or health development, and who didn’t agree with the priority I was giving to education and access to information in human development. They looked at Maslow’s heirarchy of needs, and seeing hunger and health as the first problems to tackle over illiteracy and poor education.