The Special Rapporteur
In 2001 the Human Rights Council decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, as part of the system of thematic Special Procedures The Special Rapporteur’s mandate was renewed by the Commission on Human Rights in 2004, and by the Human Rights Council in 2007.
In the fulfillment of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur:
- Promotes good practices, including new laws, government programs, and constructive agreements between indigenous peoples and states, to implement international standards concerning the rights of indigenous peoples
- Reports on the overall human rights situations of indigenous peoples in selected countries
- Addresses specific cases of alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples through communications with Governments and others
- Conducts or contributes to thematic studies on topics of special importance regarding the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples
The Special Rapporteur undertakes efforts to follow-up on the recommendations included in his or his predecessor’s reports in relation to the foregoing areas of work. Additionally, he reports annually on his activities to the Human Rights Council.