In his speech, Stavenhagen connects corruption with the lack of human rights and security that indigenous groups have access to. He discusses the challenges indigenous people face in terms of recognition, resources, autonomy, identity and social services and the developments that have been taken, such as the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and those that should be implemented.
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, professor emeritus at El Colegio de México, conducts research on human rights, indigenous peoples, agrarian problems, social development and ethnic conflicts. In 2001-2008 he was United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He has also been assistant-director for social sciences at UNESCO, president of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, and has taught at numerous universities in Europe and the Americas. Among his principal publications are Social Classes in Agrarian Societies, Ethnic Conflicts and the Nation-State, The Ethnic Question, Derechos Humanos y derecho indígena en América Latina, Los derechos humanos de los pueblos indígenas.
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