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Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Purpose of the mandate

The Expert Mechanism provides the Human Rights Council with expertise and advice on the rights of indigenous peoples. It assists Member States in achieving the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Expert Mechanism conducts studies to advance the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples’ rights by:

  • clarifying the implications of key principles, such as self-determination and free, prior and informed consent
  • examining good practices and challenges in a broad array of areas pertaining to indigenous peoples’ rights
  • suggesting measures that States and others can adopt at the level of laws, policies and programmes.

About the mandate

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was established by the Human Rights Council, the UN’s main human rights body, in 2007 under resolution 6/36 as a subsidiary body of the Council. Its mandate was then amended in September 2016 by Human Rights Council resolution 33/25.

More on the history of this mandate.

About the experts

The Expert Mechanism is composed of seven independent experts on the rights of indigenous peoples. The experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council which is to give due regard to recognized competence and experience in the rights of indigenous peoples, experts of indigenous origin, and gender balance. Read more about the members of the Expert Mechanism.

Annual sessions of the Expert Mechanism

Each year, the Expert Mechanism holds a five-day session in which representatives from states, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples’ organisations, civil society, inter-governmental organisations and academia take part.

The 13th session of the Expert Mechanism was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now scheduled to take place from 30 November to 4 December 2020.


13th Session/ Regional Meetings
October 2020

Call for applications for two EMRIP members
Deadline 27 November 2020

Statement on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
August 2020

Statement on the outcome of EMRIP’s virtual pre-session
22-24 June 2020

Proposals from the EMRIP to the Human Rights Council
July 2020

COVID-19 yet another challenge for indigenous peoples
6 April 2020
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More activities

Calls for input

Repatriation of ceremonial objects
CLOSED. Submissions now online

Study on the right to land
CLOSED. Submissions now online


15 July 2019
12th session of the Expert Mechanism
Watch on UN Web TV