Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Health, and Traditional Medicines

Article 24
"1. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals. Indigenous individuals also have the right to access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services.
"2. Indigenous individuals have an equal right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. States shall take the necessary steps with a view to achieving progressively the full realization of this right."

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Report of the Human Rights Council "United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," United Nations General Assembly, (New York, NY: September 7, 2007), Sixty-first session, Agenda Item 68, p. 8.
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