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The UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Expert Mechanism is a subsidiary expert mechanism of the Human Rights Council with a specific mandate. Composed of five experts, the Expert Mechanism will provide thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples to the Human Rights Council, the main human rights body of the United Nations. This expertise will be provided in the manner and form requested by the Council:

  • The thematic expertise will focus mainly on studies and research-based advice;
  • The mechanism may suggest proposals to the Council for its considerations and approval, within the scope of its work as set out by the Council

The Expert Mechanism is a new United Nations mechanism and had its first session in October 2008. The Expert Mechanism will have annual 5 days sessions.

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