Updated January 2008
The ACHPR NGO Forum's thematic group on indigenous peoples have made a number of resolutions over the years with the aim of drawing the ACHPR's attention to issues of particular concern to indigenous peoples in Africa.
On the basis of its mandate, the Working Group has developed a comprehensive activity programme. This programme includes undertaking country missions, organising sensitisation seminars and publishing reports, all with a view to promote indigenous peoples’
Updated February 2010
The concluding observations are the offical record of the ACHPR stance on the human rights situation in countries that have been up for periodic review. They are thus potentially good advocacy tools that can be used as
When states present their periodic reports to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), NGOs have the opportunity to submit supplementary information to the Commission in the form of shadow reports. We have
IWGIA has participated in all sessions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights since May 2002 (31st session). Use the links below to download IWGIA's accounts of each session, summarizing the main events as seen from an indigenous
Below you will find IWGIA publications dealing with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and the situation of indigenous peoples in Africa.
All issues of The Indigenous World have a section on country reports
Since the 29th session in April 2001, indigenous people have been participating in the sessions of the African Commission. They have been speaking in the public sessions, lobbying their governments and networking with other human rights NGOs across
The African Commission holds its sessions twice a year, generally during the months of May and November. These sessions include both a public and a private part. During the public session, the human rights situation in Africa is discussed, state
Read about the 24th Session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in July/August 2006 by clicking here.
Read the official Report of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations on its twenty-fourth
IWGIA has fostered close cooperation with the Special Rapporteur by providing the Rapporteur with information on the situation of indigenous peoples. In recent years, IWGIA has also given special priority to supporting indigenous initiatives aimed at
July 28 to August 8, 2005
At the invitation of the Government of South Africa, the Special Rapporteur of the UN on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People, Mr. Rodolfo Stavenhagen, visited South Africa between July 28 and
November 16 to 26, 2005
Rodolfo Stavenhagen, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, visited New Zealand from 16 to 25 November 2005 at the
One of the Special Rapporteur's three main areas of work is to conduct thematic research on issues that have an impact on the human rights situation and the fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples. These reports are presented once a year to the
In response to the persistence of existing obstacles to the full and effective protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples, the Commission on Human Rights decided, in 2001, to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the
In September 2010, the Human Rights Council renewed the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for a period of three years, and in doing so changed the title of the mandate from “Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental
The UN Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) held its second session from 10 to 14 August 2009 in Geneva.
During the meeting, the Expert Mechanism held an interactive dialogue with participants on its draft
During its inaugural session from 1-3 October 2008, EMRIP was occupied with addressing issues which the Human Rights Council had specifically requested it in its resolution 9/7 to look into, as well as discussing what EMRIP’s working methods should
14 September - 2 October 2009
During the 12th session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva (Switzerland), reports from the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples (Special Rapporteur)
During the 11th session of the Human Rights Council, IWGIA focused on the considerations of the reports from the UPR reviews of Bangladesh, the Russian Federation and Cameroon.
Read more about the UPR reviews and IWGIA's statements
The two main topics that IWGIA focused on during the 10th session and that you can find information about below are:
1. The relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights2. The expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous
On March 15, 2006, United Nations Member States approved the establishment of a new Human Rights Council to replace the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, which had come under fire for excessive politicization. The Council held its first
One of the United Nation’s most important initiatives for indigenous peoples is the development of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Adoption of this instrument gives the clearest indication yet that the
In June 2006 the UN Human Rights Council adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with 32 votes in favour and 2 votes against. African states who voted in favour included South Africa, Cameroon and
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IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.
IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.
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