Indigenous peoples… or lack thereof
After more than twenty years of debate, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a declaration upholding the rights of indigenous people, including their right to restitution or compensation for land that is taken away from them.
The UK welcomed the declaration, saying: “We recognise that indigenous peoples have suffered many historic injustices and continue to be amongst the poorest and most marginalised peoples of the world…”
…But the statement went on to say that the UK and its territories do not have any indigenous people.
Of course, it’s easy to “recognise” an injustice if you don’t recognise the victims…