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CIP: Bolivia: Coming to Terms with Diversity

As head of Congress and the major political operator for President Evo Morales, Bolivia's Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera stands in the eye of a political hurricane. The changes proposed by the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) government have unleashed protest from conservative sectors of society, leading to suspension of the Constituent Assembly called to revamp the nation's political institutions. Laura Carlsen from Center for International Policy interviews Alvaro Garcia Linera.

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UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On September 13, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to address human rights violations, marginalization, and discrimination of indigenous people and to protect their rights to their territories, traditions, languages, and culture, as well as their rights to education, health, and development. In 2013, representatives of indigenous peoples and nations agreed upon four themes to protect the human rights and traditional territories of indigenous peoples. The first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples convened on September 22-23, 2014, to form recommendations for the UN to act upon these themes.

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