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UNHRC: Saami Council side-event, Wednesday 21, 1.20 pm - 3.00 pm, Room XVI

September 20 2011
The significance of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Professor James Anaya’s Report on the Situation of the Saami people

Side-event organized by the Saami Council

Wednesday 21 September, 2011, 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm, Room XVI
(Food and beverages to be provided)

On 20 September, 2011, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, presents his Report on the Situation of the Saami People to the Human Rights Council. It is a historic document, as it constitutes the first example of the Special Rapporteur presenting a report not on the situation in a State – but on a People living across national borders. As the first report on an indigenous people, the Saami Report sets an important precedent for the UN’s work with regard to indigenous peoples.

At the side-event, Special Rapporteur James Anaya discusses the significance of the Saami Report with representatives of the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden, and of the Saami people. The discussions focus on how the Saami Report sets a precedent for promotion of indigenous cross-border activities globally. The panelists also consider the relevance and status of the Special Rapporteur’s reports in general, and to what extent indigenous peoples can expect States, including Finland, Norway and Sweden, to act on recommendations directed to them in such reports.