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OHCHR Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section

The OHCHR Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) works to improve human rights protection for indigenous peoples and minorities at the international and national levels through strategies such as strengthening relevant legislations, policies and practices, as well as through undertaking capacity building activities, while promoting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and other key human rights standards.

Concerning efforts to strengthen the rights of persons belonging to minorities, OHCHR conducts focused activities such as in the field of “Good Practices in Policing and Minority Communities” which offers an opportunity to share and collect experiences while focusing on practices that have proven to be successful.

OHCHR is also taking the lead in the UN Network on racial discrimination and the protection of minorities, established in 2012. The Network aims to enhance dialogue and cooperation between relevant UN Departments, Agencies, Programmes and Funds and is currently, inter alia, developing guidance for the UN System on how to address racial discrimination and protection of minorities in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other key standards.

Please also consult the latest report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Human Rights Council at its 19th session - Rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities (A/HRC/19/27).


Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
8-14 Avenue de la Paix
CH-1211 Geneva 10