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EMRIP: Side event on indigenous peoples' rights and extractive industries

July 3 2017
Next week the 10th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) will take place in Geneva and IWGIA will discuss the impacts of extractive industries on the lives of indigenous peoples in Africa and the Americas.
 
This year’s session is the first after the revision of EMRIP’s mandate and it is expected to be focused on the dialogue with national human rights institutions. A point on the agenda will be indeed the presentation of its new mandate, activities, and methods of work.

Under its new mandate, the Expert Mechanism is to provide the Council with expertise and advice on the rights of indigenous peoples and assist the Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends of the Declaration through the promotion, protection, and fulfilment of the rights of indigenous peoples.

The dialogue with national institutions will aim at examining how the role of this institution can play in achieving the ends of the Declaration and to explore how they can best collaborate with the Expert Mechanism under its new mandate.

Reporting on indigenous peoples' rights and extractive industries

During the session, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and IWGIA will present two recently published reports on extractive industries and indigenous peoples in a side event on July 11th.

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) are leading on the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights in their respective region. To that end, they have recently published comprehensive reports addressing the impact of extractive industries on indigenous peoples on their respective continent. The reports provide an extensive analysis of the main challenges facing indigenous peoples in relation to extractive industries by highlighting relevant case studies. They also closely look at the international human rights standards establishing the obligations for the State to protect and respect human rights and provide remedy for human rights abuses committed by businesses.

Departing from these newly published reports, the side event will provide an opportunity to look at the impact of extractive industries on indigenous peoples’ rights through various case studies in Latin America and Africa as well as the human rights obligations of States and businesses in relation to extractive activities. The panel will also explore the role of regional human rights systems and national human rights commissions/institutions in facilitating remedies when these obligations are breached.

The reports will be presented by a representative of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Ms Soyata Maiga, Commissioner, African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights and Chair of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations / Communities of the African Commission.

You can get the provisional agenda here and read more about the registration here.

When: 10-14th  July 2017
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
IWGIA's side event: 13.15 to 14.45, Room XXIII