Fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
11-15 July 2011 (Geneva, Switzerland)

The fourth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a mechanism established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2007 and made up of five independent experts on the rights of indigenous peoples, focused on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making. The EMRIP final study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making presents examples of good practices of indigenous peoples’ participation in different levels of decision making, including sections on: indigenous peoples’ internal decision-making processes and institutions; and participation in decision-making mechanisms linked to State and non-State institutions and processes affecting indigenous peoples. Examples of indigenous decision-making can be found in indigenous management of resources in indigenous conservation areas and territories. Successful practices include those where indigenous decision-making processes and traditional knowledge are respected by the community and by other authorities. For instance, the sasi system used in Haruku, Indonesia, where generations of kewang or indigenous institutions organize the community to remain committed and united in managing fish stocks and other important coastal resources, is exemplary. At the same time, direct indigenous participation in the implementation of international instruments designed to protect and promote the rights of indigenous peoples is to be commended. For example,Argentina established the Indigenous Participation Council with a mandate to ensure the participation of indigenous peoples in the alignment of domestic legislation with ILO Convention no. 169. The Expert Mechanism advice no. 2 (2011) on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision-making is annexed to the study.

Natural Justice has reported on some of the lunch-time events held during the session, addressing: indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and intellectual property; treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples within the UN system; free, prior and informed consent: difficulties and successes with transnational corporations; and community governance and stewardship of traditional territories and biocultural diversity. Visit the session’s website … Download the advance edited version of the EMRIP final report on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making [pdf] … Read the NJ post on the event on indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge and intellectual property … Read the NJ post on the event on arrangements between States and indigenous peoples within the UN system … Read the NJ post on the event on FPIC and transnational corporations … Read the NJ post on the event on community governance of traditional territories and biocultural diversity …

Advertisements