Council starts dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples and Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UN media release, 18 September 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: On 18 September, the Human Rights Council started a clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, and the Chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Wilton Littlechild. Special Rapporteur James Anaya presented his fifth report to the Human Rights Council, which described his activities in promoting good practices, responding to cases of alleged human rights violations, country assessments and thematic studies. He also presented his reports on the situation of indigenous peoples in Argentina and in the United States. Despite the positive developments in many places, Anaya remained concerned about the reality of ongoing struggles and violations of indigenous peoples’ rights throughout the world.

Expert Mechanism Chairperson Wilton Littlechild said that the principal study of the Expert Mechanism for the last year focused on the role of languages and culture in the promotion and protection of the rights and identity of indigenous peoples. The Council was urged to stress the importance of the inclusion of indigenous peoples in all aspects of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, including preparatory meetings, the outcome document, and all Human Rights Council sessions. Dalee Sambo Dorough, representative of the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations, urged governments to support the participation of indigenous peoples in the forthcoming 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and appealed to public and private donors to support the Fund. Read the release … Read the statement of the Special Rapporteur and watch the video …