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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Introduction

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was established by the Human Rights Council, the UN’s main human rights body, in 2007 under resolution 6/36 as a subsidiary body of the Council. Its mandate was then amended in September 2016 by Human Rights Council resolution 33/25.

Mandate

The Expert Mechanism provides the Human Rights Council with expertise  and advice on the rights of indigenous peoples as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and assists Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends  of  the  Declaration  through  the  promotion,  protection  and  fulfilment  of  the  rights  of indigenous peoples.

Membership

The Expert Mechanism is composed of five independent experts on the rights of indigenous peoples (to be expanded to seven as of 1 May 2017). The experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council which is to give due regard to recognized competence and experience in the rights of indigenous peoples, experts of indigenous origin, and gender balance. More information about the members of the Expert Mechanism can be found here.

Annual Sessions of the Expert Mechanism

The Expert Mechanism holds an annual session, usually in July, in which representatives from states, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples’ organisations, civil society, inter-governmental organisations and academia take part.

Information about participation in the tenth session of the Expert Mechanism, including accreditation, can be found here. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and a member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues are invited to attend the annual session of the Expert Mechanism to enhance coordination and cooperation between the mechanisms.

Funding

Funding for representatives of indigenous communities and organisations to attend the Expert Mechanism can be sought from the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples.