The adoption of the UNO Declaration is the clearest indication yet that the international community is committing itself to the protection of the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples.
Regarding this matter, on 11 October 2012, the United Nations Postal Administration issued 18 commemorative stamps in denominations of US$ 0.45, CHF 0.85 and € 0.70 in a mini-sheet format of six stamps each on the theme "Indigenous People".
This is the third in a series of stamps on Indigenous People, which were painted by the artist Stephen Bennett (USA).
The top row stamps represent (from left to right):The God Must Be Crazy (Namibia,2002), Maiko of Kyoto (Japan, 2012), Baby on Her Back (Tibet, China 2012).
The bottom row stamps represent (from left to right):Genesis Girls (Ethiopia,2010), Baby Bat (Mongolia, 2012), Goggle Girl (Tanzania, 2001).
Despite their cultural differences, the various groups of indigenous people around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples.
The top row stamps represent (from left to right):Basha Blunderbuss Boy (China,2012), Turquoise, Coral and Circumambulation (Tibet, China, 2012), Bactrian Camel Cowboy (Mongolia, 2012)
The bottom row stamps represent (from left to right):Never Forgot to Play (Mexico, 1998), Red Feathers (Papua New Guniea, 2011), Haitian Sunshine Girl (Haiti, 2010)
They share challenges such as lack of basic health care, limited access to education, loss of control over land, discrimination, forced assimilation, abject poverty, displacement, human rights violations, and economic and social marginalization.
The top row stamps represent (from left to right): Daniel the Adventurer (Chile, Eastern Island, 2000), Penan Girl from Bario (Malaysia, Sarawak, 2006), Golden Amber Lhasa Lady (Tibet, China 2012).
The bottom row stamps represent (from left to right):Forbidden City Princess (China, 2012), White Paint (Tanzania, 2003), Grandma Apple Cheeks (Mongolia, 2012).