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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Purpose of the mandate

The Expert Mechanism provides the Human Rights Council with expertise and advice on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It assists Member States in achieving the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Expert Mechanism conducts studies to advance the promotion and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ rights by:

  • clarifying the implications of key principles, such as self-determination and free, prior and informed consent
  • examining good practices and challenges in a broad array of areas pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ rights,
  • suggesting measures that States and others can adopt at the level of laws, policies and programmes.

About the mandate

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.

More on the history of this mandate.

About the experts

The Expert Mechanism is composed of seven independent experts on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council and are selected on the basis of competence and experience in the rights of Indigenous Peoples, due consideration for experts of indigenous origin, and gender balance.

Read more about the members of the Expert Mechanism.

Annual sessions of the Expert Mechanism

Each year, the Expert Mechanism holds a five-day session in which representatives from states, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Peoples’ organisations, civil society, inter-governmental organisations and academia take part.

The 17th session of the Expert Mechanism will take place in-person on 8-12 July 2024 in Palais des Nations, Geneva

Contact Information

Secretariat of the Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneve 10, Switzerland

Email:
[email protected]

Videos

ID: EMRIP - 27th Meeting, 54th Regular Session of Human Rights Council | UN Web TV

20 July 2023
Item 8: Panel discussions on the rights of Indigenous Peoples to engage in fishing practices and the impact of colonialism on LBGTQIA+ Indigenous Peoples
7th meeting of the 16th session of the Expert mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples
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19 July 2023
Item 11: Enhancing the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nations
5th meeting of the 16th session of the Expert mechanism on the rights of Indigenous Peoples
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28 September 2022
ID: EMRIP - 26th Meeting, 51st Regular Session of Human Rights Council
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28 September 2022
ID: EMRIP (Cont'd) - 27th Meeting, 51st Regular Session of Human Rights Council
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4 July 2022
1st Meeting, 15 Session of Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous People
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