Comparative Matrix: Explore the links between data and rights

This unique tool provides a comprehensive mapping of how indigenous rights are embedded in the human rights system.

By working with this tool, users can understand how provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) are directly linked to other human rights instruments.

The comparative matrix is an analytical resource to identify and advocate for indigenous peoples’ rights, not as a set of special rights but as universal rights. This tool can be used to develop position papers, statements, court submissions, lobby strategies and campaigns.

You can also use it to explore the link between data and rights. It helps you to understand the international human rights framework as it related to indigenous peoples and can be used as a legal tool to advocate for the respect and implementation of rights.

Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control their lands, territories, and resources (Article 26 UNDRIP).This right is reflected in by the International Labour Organisation (Article 15 - Convention 169 ILO), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 17 -UNDHR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Article 47 -ICESCR).

Here is an example of the links between different human rights instrument on the right to land, territories and natural resources: 

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Matrix on Sustainable Development and Indigenous Peoples

In 2015, the UN adopted 17 global goals for Sustainable Development, which shall be implemented with respect for human rights and the principle of 'leaving no-one behind'. Only two targets directly refer to indigenous peoples, but more than 1/3 of the SDG targets can be directly linked to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Explore the Indigenous Peoples Sustainable Development Matrix, which uncovers the links between the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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The Indigenous Navigator provides a set of tools for indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights.