UNHCR publishes IP Reports for the upcoming 18th Session

The 18th session of the Human Rights Council will take place in Geneva (Switzerland) at United Nations Headquarters from 12 to 30 September 2011. On Tuesday 20 in the afternoon session, there will be a presentation of the reports of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) (13 to 15 hours) that will be followed by a panel on the role of languages and culture in protecting the welfare and identity of indigenous peoples.

The reports prepared by the SR and EMRIP to be presented on the 20th of September during the 18th session of the UNHRC are now available on the Human Rights Council’s website. See direct links to pdf versions of the reports to your right: The report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of indigenous peoples covers the period from May 2010 to April 2011 and contains information on relevant developments of human rights bodies and mechanisms and outlines the activities undertaken by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at Headquarters and in the field that contribute to the promotion and full application of the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and follows up on the effectiveness of the Declaration. The Special Rapporteurs' 4th Annual Report contains a summary of the activities carried out during the SR’s third year in the mandate and an analysis of the impact of extractive industries operating within or near indigenous territories. The report confirms the assertion that these projects and industries are becoming the greatest challenges to the exercise of the rights of indigenous peoples. EMRIP’s fourth session Report informs about the discussions undertaken during the 4th session in July 2011 including about the final report on the study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making, which was adopted during the session. The final report on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making complements the progress report submitted by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (A/HRC/EMRIP/2010/2) by focusing on examples of good practices of indigenous peoples’ participation in different levels of decision-making. It also includes Expert Mechanism advice No. 2 (2011): indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making.

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