Exchange Workshop on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Between the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
5-6 April 2013 (Banjul, The Gambia)

Organized by the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities (the Working Group) in collaboration with the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), this workshop aimed at a sharing of experiences among the three regional human rights mechanisms and that of the UN system, and lay the  foundation for future regular and formalized  collaboration and cooperation among them. Participants discussed, among other issues, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and indigenous peoples in Africa with a particular focus on group rights and indigenous peoples’ rights; the African Commission and the implementation of the Endorois ruling; exemplary decisions of the Inter-American Commission and Court on indigenous peoples’ rights and their implementation; and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. It was agreed to enhance collaboration and partnership on, among other areas: sharing of best practices, data and knowledge; undertaking of joint activities targeted towards capacity enhancement, knowledge generation and awareness raising; synchronizing efforts to ensure compliance of states with international/regional human rights norms and standards relevant to the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples; enhancing the technical capacity of indigenous peoples and stakeholders in the three regions to ensure effective implementation of decisions/recommendations of regional and UN human rights mechanisms relevant to indigenous peoples; and development of a joint collaborative strategy for increasing implementation by states of the recommendations of regional and UN human rights mechanisms. Download the final communiqué [pdf] …