Protection of Rights of Holders of Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
According to the "State of the World" report for 1993 from Worldwatch Institute, there are some 4000-5000 indigenous cultures in the world, with some 190-635 million individuals belonging to these cultures. The UN General Secretary Mr Boutros Boutros-Ghali stated during the inauguration of 1993 as the International Year for the World Indigenous Peoples that indigenous peoples comprise over three hundred million individuals across the globe.
The international community is now slowly acknowledging that indigenous peoples have been discriminated against and deprived of their rights and freedoms for far too long a time.
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