Sunday, June 7, 2009

Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Second Session at OHCHR

To submit a paper, formal statement, or expert mechanism that will be heard during the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Second Session on Indigenous Peoples, one must apply for expert mechanism status. Below is the information on how to do this.

Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Second session

Date and venue

The second session will take place from 10 to 14 August 2009, in Room XX of the Palais des Nations, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. For the participation to this session, please consult the information below on participation and the accreditation page.


The documentation of the second will be prepared and placed on this webpage.

- Provisional agenda

General documentation on the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including on its first session, can be found under the documentation page.


Study on lessons learned and challenges to achieve the implementation on the right of indigenous peoples to education

At the second session, an agenda item will be the presentation by the Expert Mechanism of the advanced draft of the Study on lessons learned and challenges to achieve the implementation on the right of indigenous peoples to education. For this item, the Expert Mechanism will welcome, from the participants during the session, comments and observations on the advanced draft to be taken into account before the Expert Mechanism adopts the final version of the study.

Call for written contributions to the discussion on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Expert Mechanism has included in the agenda of its second session an item on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the following specific themes: (a) Implementation of the Declaration at the regional and national levels and (b) adjudication, remedies, repatriation, redress and compensation.

The Expert Mechanism is inviting observers to submit written contributions on this agenda item prior to its second session. Pursuant resolution 6/36 establishing the Expert Mechanism, observers include States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodices, academics and experts on indigenous issues, non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples’ organizations.

The contributions, to be submitted preferably in English, French or Spanish, will be made available in the Conference room in the language of submission. The deadline for submitting written contributions is 15 July 2009. Please send them to the following address:

Meetings with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people

The Special Rapporteur will be invited to participate in the second session of the Expert Mechanism. During the session, the Special Rapporteur will dedicate two days - Tuesday and Wednesday, 11-12 August 2009 - for meetings with indigenous representatives who wish to submit information on allegations of human rights violations. For indications on how to present information to the Special Rapporteur, please consult the following webpage:

The registration for these meetings with the Special Rapporteur will be open during the first day of the session, 10 August 2009. Location and time will be indicated at the session. Participants may only sign up for a meeting with the Special Rapporteur in person during the session of the Expert Mechanism.

Celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

As the 9th of August (Sunday) is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, the Expert Mechanism will celebrate this day on the 10 August 2009, at the opening of its second session.

Lunch time events and exhibitions

During the session, from Tuesday to Friday (from 11 to 14 August 2009) lunch time events can be organized from 13:15 to 14:45. Due to the limited availability of rooms, only two lunch time events can take place each day.

The Expert Mechanism is encouraging the organization of lunch time events that contribute to its mandate and more specifically to the agenda of the session, in particular in relation to the right of indigenous peoples to education and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

If your organization is interested in organizing such an event, please send a request to by 15 July 2009 with the following information: the name of the organizers, the title of the lunch time event, the preferred day and any technical requirements (subject to availability). Confirmation will be sent by the secretariat at the latest on 20 July 2009. The requests will be considered in the order in which they will be received.

Exhibitions can also be proposed and will be accommodated, subject to the availability of space. The Expert Mechanism encourages the exhibitions to contribute to its mandate and more specifically to the agenda of the session. For any additional information, please contact the Secretariat:, by 15 July 2009.

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