21st regular session of the Human Rights Council
10-28 September 2012 (Geneva, Switzerland)

Among other issues, the Human Rights Council will address indigenous peoples’ issues on 18 September 2012, including the reports of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. On the same day, a panel discussion will focus on access to justice for indigenous peoples. In addition, on 14 September 2012 the Council will address the Secretary-General’s report entitled “Ways and means of promoting participation at the United Nations of indigenous peoples’ representatives on issues affecting them.” The report presents reasons why indigenous peoples’ representatives may find it difficult to participate in the UN and why their participation is desirable. It provides details on existing UN rules and practices, and outlines possible ways forward in terms of developing a procedure to enable the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives in the UN. The Council will also address the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of indigenous peoples; and the Secretary-General’s report on the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Visit the meeting’s website … View the list of reports … Download the report of the Secretary-General on ways and means of promoting participation of indigenous peoples at the UN [pdf] … Download additional information on the panel on access to justice [doc] … Download the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of indigenous peoples [pdf] … Download the report of the Secretary-General on business and human rights [pdf] …

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