International Labour Standards on Indigenous and tribal peoples


Indigenous and tribal peoples have their own cultures, ways of life, traditions and customary laws. Unfortunately, throughout history, lack of respect for tribal and indigenous cultures has led to numerous instances of social conflict and bloodshed. Today, the international community has accepted the principle that the cultures, ways of life, traditions and customary laws of indigenous and tribal peoples are valuable and need to be respected and protected, and that indigenous and tribal peoples should participate in decision-making processes in the country in which they live. The most recent ILO standards on this subject set out these principles and provide a framework for governments, organizations of indigenous and tribal peoples, and non-governmental organizations to ensure the development of the peoples concerned, with full respect for their needs and desires.

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This comprehensive site includes information pertaining to relevant ILO Conventions and their supervision, as well as to the ILO's numerous technical cooperation activities that concern indigenous and tribal peoples at the international, regional and national levels. It also contains up-to-date information, documents and training materials on indigenous issues, as well as an outline of ILO efforts to coordinate with other UN bodies on this subject.

Selected relevant ILO instruments