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Working Group on Indigenous Populations

Following a reform to the UN human Rights machinery, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 6/16 to request the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene an informal meeting to discuss the most appropriate mechanisms to continue the work of the working Group on Indigenous Populations. The Informal meeting took place in Geneva on 6 December and the morning of 7 December 2007.

As a follow-up to the informal meeting the indigenous caucus and a number of governments continued informal negotiations to finalize a draft resolution and submitted to the resumed 6th session of the Human Rights Council. On December 14, 2007 draft resolution A/HRC/6/L.42 (HRC Resolution 6/36) establishing a new expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples was adopted by consensus by the HRC.

Informal meeting 6-7 December 2007

Documentation:

IMMWGIP/2007/CRP.1
Matrix on United Nations Mechanisms and Bodies on Indigenous Peoples (Russian)
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.2
Draft resolution submitted by the International Indian Treaty Council
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.3
Consensus Recommendation submitted by the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Caucus addressing the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the establishment of an Expert Group on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.4
Oral statement and Additional Recommendation submitted by the representatives of the Global Caucus of Indigenous Peoples regarding the work of the new United Nations Human Rights Council
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.5
Written Intervention submitted by the International Indian Treaty Council, Indigenous World Association, Assembly of First Nations, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Asociacion Napguana, the American Indian Law Alliance and the International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development (IOIRD), NGO’s in ECOSOC Consultative Status
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.6
Memorandum on the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Expert Body to the Human Rights Council, submitted by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the International Organization of Indigenous Resource Development (IOIRD), July 2007
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.7 (Spanish only)
Written statement submitted by the Indian Movment “Tupaj Amaru”, non-governmental organization with ECOSOC status
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.8
Outline of an Expert Body on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights under the UN Human Rights Council submitted by Mrs. Ida Nicolaisen and Mr. Wilton Littlechild, members of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.9
A New Mechanism on Indigenous Peoples: The question of “Added Value” and Possible Options, submitted by the Asian Indigenous & Tribal Peoples Network (AITPN), non-governmental organization with ECOSOC consultative status
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.10
Proposal for a Group of Experts on Indigenous Peoples' Human Rights under the Human Rights Council submitted by the Permanent Mission of Bolivia to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.11
Recommendations for Discussion of the Creation of an Expert Body on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the Human Rights Council, submitted by a group of Indigenous Organizations
IMWGIP/2007/CRP.12
Draft resolution submitted by the Indigenous Caucus

Relevant resolutions:

ECOSOC Resolution 1982/34
Establishment of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations

ECOSOC Resolution 2000/22
Decision to establish the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

CHR Resolution 2001/57
Decision to appoint the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Indigenous People

HRC Resolution 6/12
Expansion of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Indigenous People

HRC Resolution 6/16
Informal meeting to discuss the most appropriate mechanisms to continue the work of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations

HRC Decision 6/102
General guidelines for the preparation of information under the univeresal periodic review

GA Resolution 60/251
Decision to establish the Human Rights Council

Background Documentation of the Informal meeting

-FAQ
-Agenda
-WGIP last year's report
-WGIP list of achievements
-HRC Fact Sheet
-Relevant resolutions


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