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Review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Background

In the Outcome Document of the high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (General Assembly Resolution 69/2, September 2014), the General Assembly invited the Human Rights Council, taking into account the views of indigenous peoples, to review the mandates of its existing mechanisms, in particular the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with a view to modifying and improving the Expert Mechanism so that it can more effectively promote respect for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by better assisting Member States to monitor, evaluate and improve the achievement of the ends of the Declaration.

In September 2015, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 30/11, which requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene a two-day expert workshop to review the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to propose recommendations on how it can more effectively promote respect for the Declaration.

In September 2016, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 33/25, which amended the mandate of the Expert Mechanism. EMRIP’s new mandate is to provide 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 assist Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends of the Declaration through the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the rights of indigenous peoples. Specific new elements of the mandate include:

  • Upon request, assisting Member States and/or indigenous peoples in identifying the need for and providing technical advice regarding the development of domestic legislation and policies relating to the rights of indigenous peoples;
  • Providing Member States, upon their request, with assistance and advice for the implementation of recommendations made at the universal periodic review and by treaty bodies, special procedures or other relevant mechanisms;
  • Upon the request of Member States, indigenous peoples and/or the private sector, engaging and assisting them by facilitating dialogue, when agreeable to all parties, in order to achieve the ends of the Declaration;
  • Identifying, disseminating and promoting good practices and lessons learned the efforts to achieve the ends of the Declaration, including through reports to the Human Rights Council;
  • Expansion of the membership from five to seven experts, in order to reflect the seven indigenous sociocultural regions.

For more detail, please refer to Human Rights Council resolution 33/25.

Expert Workshop

In order to implement resolution 30/11, OHCHR is organizing a two day expert workshop with the following objectives:

  • To propose recommendations on how the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can more effectively promote respect for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including by better assisting Member States to monitor, evaluate and improve the achievement of the ends of the Declaration.
  • To assess of the work of the Expert Mechanism since its establishment, including good practices, challenges, gaps and lessons learned.
  • To collect, discuss and propose recommendations by various stakeholders regarding the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism.

The workshop is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 April 2016 in room XXVI of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Please click here to view the agenda for the workshop in English, French and Spanish.

Please click here to find the modalities for the workshop.

Report of the Expert Workshop

Please click here to access the report of the Expert Workshop

Written Contributions

Written contributions from States, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders were requested in order to ensure broad input to the review of the Expert Mechanism’s mandate with deadline 14 March 2016. The questionnaire below was designed to guide written contributions.

Questionnaire for written contributions
English | Français | Español

Please click here to access the summary of responses to the questionnaire.

Submissions received included

Submissions from indigenous peoples and others

Expert statements

For more information, please refer to the concept note for the workshop.


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