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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

New The Fourth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2011) will take place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on 11 - 15 July 2011. More information will be available on this website soon

The Expert Mechanism's staggered membership (drawn by lots), from 2011, will be:

Mr. Vital BAMBANZE (Burundi) will serve for 1 year
Ms. Anastasia CHUKHMAN (Russian Federation) and Mr. José Carlos MORALES (Costa Rica) will serve for 2 years
Ms. Jannie LASIMBANG (Malaysia) and Mr. Wilton LITTLECHILD (Canada) will serve for 3 years

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a new United Nations mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples. This mechanism has been created by the Human Rights Council following an informal meeting on the most appropriate mechanisms to continue the work of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

The Expert Mechanism is a subsidiary expert mechanism of the Human Rights Council with a specific mandate. Composed of five experts, the Expert Mechanism will provide thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples to the Human Rights Council, the main human rights body of the United Nations. This expertise will be provided in the manner and form requested by the Council:

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

Finally, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has been requested to provide human, technical and financial assistance to the Expert Mechanism for the effective fulfilment of its mandate. The Office can be contacted for further information.


A production of a video on the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to raise awareness among indigenous Peoples, civil society, national human rights institutions, governmental institutions and the general public on the mandate of the Expert Mechanism and its contribution to advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. [Transcript of the video in Word]

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