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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was established by the UN Human Rights Council, in 2007 under Resolution 6/36 as a subsidiary body of the Council. The Expert Mechanism provides the Human Rights Council with thematic advice, in the form of studies and research, on the rights of indigenous peoples as directed by the Council. The Expert Mechanism may also suggest proposals to the Council for its consideration and approval.

The Expert Mechanism is made up of five independent experts on the rights of indigenous peoples which are appointed by the Human Rights Council. The Expert Mechanism holds an annual session, usually in July, in which representatives from States, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples' organizations, civil society, inter-governmental organisations and academia take part. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and a member of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues are invited to attend the annual session of the Expert Mechanism to enhance coordination and cooperation between these indigenous mechanisms.

The Expert Mechanism solicits written submissions that address the primary themes of the agenda item on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, namely implementation of the Declaration on regional and national levels, and remedies under the Declaration, including adjudication, repatriation, redress and compensation. Those themes implicate two major issues that are addressed by the Declaration.

NIYC at the 9th Permanent Forum

The Expert Mechanism held it's 9th Session in Geneva, Switzerland, this past July 11-15, 2016. In attendance were NIYC Board of Directors members, Dr. Bettie Kay McGowan, PhD., Mississippi Choctaw/Cherokee, and Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, PhD., Potawatomi. At this meeting, NIYC provided written testimony with recommendations for implementing the UNDRIP. The recommendation to require written reports and to allow indigenous peoples to file grievances were especially favored. The use of UNDRIP Article 19 "Free, Prior, and Informed Consent," was and continues to be essential as it enables and allows indigenous peoples participation in relevant UN bodies on issues that affect them directly.

There were also panel discussions on the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous people with disabilities. The right to health and healthcare for indigenous people, particularly children and youth was also a focus at this session.

Click here to read more about the Ninth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.