27 July 2018

On 3 July 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the violation of rights of Indigenous Peoples around the world. The Resolution 2017/2206(INI) stresses the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with regards to Indigenous Peoples, including SDG 4.5 on access to education, and reiterates that Indigenous Peoples around the world suffer disproportionately from violations of human rights and insufficient access to education, among other fundamental rights.

The text calls on all states to commit to ensuring that Indigenous Peoples have ‘genuine access to health, education, employment and economic opportunities’, and urges all states to promote ‘the inclusion of intercultural public policies and indigenous languages, history and culture in their school programmes or to offer supplementary extracurricular classes to preserve, revitalise and promote indigenous peoples’ culture at both national and international level’.

The European Parliament resolution is available here.

For more information on the right to education for Indigenous Peoples, please visit our thematic page.