Study on good practices and challenges in business and in access to financial services by indigenous peoples

Through resolution 33/13, the Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism to prepare a study on good practices and challenges, including discrimination, in business and in access to financial services by indigenous peoples, in particular indigenous women and indigenous persons with disabilities, and to present it to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-sixth session (September 2017). The final version of the study is available below.

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Good practices and challenges in business and in access to financial services by indigenous peoples, in particular indigenous women and indigenous persons with disabilities

The Expert Mechanism requested contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to the study. The views presented in these documents are those of the submitting organizations, and may not reflect the views of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Submissions received from States included:

Submissions received from indigenous peoples and others included:

Expert Seminar on Good practices and challenges for indigenous peoples’ entrepreneurship

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the University of Colorado Law School organised an Expert Seminar on Good Practices and Challenges for Indigenous Peoples’ Entrepreneurship, which took place in Boulder, USA, on 6 and 7 March 2017.

The objective of the Expert Seminar was to inform the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on its study on Good practices and challenges in business and access to financial services by indigenous peoples. The Seminar examined these issues from a human rights perspective, paying particular attention to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In addition to contributing to the study, the seminar also provided an opportunity for exchange among academics, practitioners and other experts on this issue.