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Expert Mechanism


In September 2007 the Human Rights Council decided, in its resolution 6/16, to organize an informal meeting, which took place in Geneva on 6-7 December 2007, with the purpose of “exchanging views on the most appropriate mechanism to continue the work of the Working Group on Indigenous Population”.

On December 14 2007, the Human Rights Council adopted by consensus, in its resolution 6/36, the establishment of a new Expert Mechanism on the Right of Indigenous Peoples.


The mandate of this subsidiary Expert Mechanism is to provide the Council with thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples in the manner and form requested by the Council:

  • The thematic expertise will focus mainly on studies and research-based advice;
  • The mechanism may suggest proposals to the Council for its considerations and approval, within the scope of its work as set out by the Council.


The expert mechanism consists of five independent experts selected in accordance with the procedure established in the resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007.

The five experts appointed by the President of the Council for the period 2008-2001 are:

  • Ms. Catherine Odimba Kombe ( Congo)
  • Ms. Jannie Lasimbang ( Malaysia)
  • Mr. John Henrikson ( Norway)
  • Mr. José Carlos Morales Morales (Costa Rica)
  • Mr. José Mencio Molintas ( Philippines)

Meeting Date

The expert mechanism shall meet once annually three days in its first year and thereafter for up to five days, and that the sessions may be a combination of open and private meetings.

The first meeting of the expert mechanism will take place in Geneva from 1 to 3 October 2008.


Further information on the registration and accreditation will be available in mid July 2008.

For more information you can contact the Secretary of the expert mechanism at: expertmechanism@ohchr.org

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