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