The 2nd session of the EMRIP, August 2009

The UN Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) held its second session from 10 to 14 August 2009 in Geneva.

During the meeting, the Expert Mechanism held an interactive dialogue with participants on its draft study on lessons learned and challenges to achieve the implementation of the right of indigenous peoples to education, with a view to presenting a completed study to the Human Rights Council at its 12th session (14 September to 2 October).

The five-day meeting also provided an opportunity for participants to discuss developments in implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, focusing on the implementation of the Declaration at the regional and national levels, as well as on adjudication, remedies, repatriation, redress and compensation. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, Professor S. James Anaya, attended the session and held separate meetings with participants.

Over 300 observers registered to attend the session of the Expert Mechanism. In addition to representatives of indigenous peoples from around the world, the meeting will bring together representatives of States; UN agencies and bodies, such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; intergovernmental and regional organizations; national human rights institutions; academics and experts on indigenous issues; and non-governmental organizations.

As the meeting coincided with the International Day of the World's Indigenous People (9 August), a special event, hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation, took place on the opening day, Monday the 10th.

Read more about the EMRIP and its second session on its website here.

Statement by Kuupik Kleist, Premier of Greenland

Joint statement by indigenous and support organisation on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The joint statement in Spanish

Statement on education by Commissioner Musa Bitaye, Chairperson of the Working Group on indigenous populations/communities of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Statement on the implementation of the UN Declaration by Commissioner Musa Bitaye