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The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

On December 14, 2007, by means of its Resolution 6/36, the Human Rights Council agreed by consensus to establish an Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Expert Mechanism is the final piece of the Human Rights Council’s institution-building package to be put in place. Its adoption is a major step forward in the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ human rights.


The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reports directly to the Human Rights Council. Its mandate is to assist the Human Rights Council in the implementation of its mandate by providing thematic expertise and making proposals to the Council pertaining to the rights of indigenous peoples.


The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples consists of five independent experts. Their selection takes place in accordance with the Council’s formal procedures for nominating, short-listing and appointing independent experts to any of its special procedures and mechanisms. Through this formal process, indigenous peoples' organizations have the possibility of nominating indigenous experts. Furthermore, the resolution clearly recommends that, in the selection and appointment process, the Council should give due regard to experts of indigenous origin. The independent experts are appointed for a three-year period and may be re-elected for one further period.

The names of the five experts appointed by the Human Rights Council can be found on the OHCHR website here

Meeting date and participation

The Expert Mechanism meet once a year for up to five days. The sessions can be a combination of open and private meetings.

The first meeting of the expert mechanism took place in Geneva from 1 to 3 October 2008.

The annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism is open to the participation, as observers, of states, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies. The meeting is also be open to indigenous peoples’ organizations, non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, academics, etc.

To ensure that the Expert Mechanism enhances cooperation and avoids duplicating the work of the Special Rapporteur and the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, it invites the Special Rapporteur and a member of the Permanent Forum to attend and contribute to its annual meetings.

More information about the EMRIP and its work

  • Watch the video above, which aims to raise awareness among indigenous Peoples, civil society, national human rights institutions, governmental institutions and the general public on the mandate of the Expert Mechanism and its contribution to advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. The video is produced by IWGIA in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Read more about EMRIP sessions