From the United Nations DECLARATION on the RIGHTS of INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
We can read that:
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue
of that right they freely determine their political status and freely
pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
Indigenous peoples, in exercising their right to self-determination,
have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, as well as ways and means for financing
their autonomous functions.
Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their
distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions,
while retaining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in
the political, economic, social and cultural life of the State.
Every indigenous individual has the right to a nationality.
1. Indigenous individuals have the rights to life, physical and mental
integrity, liberty and security of person.
2. Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom,
peace and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to
any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly
removing children of the group to another group.
1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be
subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.
2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and
(a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them
of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values
or ethnic identities;
(b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing
them of their lands, territories or resources;
(c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim
or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
(d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration;
(e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite
racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.
Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an
indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions
and customs of the community or nation concerned. No discrimination
of any kind may arise from the exercise of such a right.'
(http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/countr...54ce01c,0.html, this link shows that the UNHCR states there exists an indigenous population of Ireland).
In light of these articles, what does this say about our right, as Irish people, to self determination for our culture and community in relation to the current state of affairs? What affect, if any, does our shared currency have on our right as listed in 'Article 4' for example? What affect does immigration have, if any, on our rights to not have 'forced assimilation or destruction of their culture' as listed in 'Article 8'? The Maori, for example, are actively able to claim protection under these Articles and yet they have only been in New Zealand for about 750 years. I think these Articles show that; there exists as it stands violations our rights as an Indigenous people in Ireland largely because of the latter two points do have and affect on these rights, we do not have financial automomy we have been subjected to forced assimilation.