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The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) is a forum that meets annually where indigenous peoples, governments, non-profit organisations, national human rights institutions and others submit advice and recommendations on the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007 and supported by New Zealand in 2010. You can learn more about the EMRIP here.

What the Expert Mechanism does

  1. The EMRIP provides thematic expertise to the Human Rights Council at the latter’s request. The EMRIP principally carries out research work and studies, which are based on information provided by all observers —representatives of Indigenous Peoples as well as those of States.
  2. It proposes study themes and recommendations for review and approval by the HRC.
  3. In accordance with Article 42 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), EMRIP also has the indirect mandate of “promoting and respecting UNDRIP”.
  4. It is a subsidiary body of the HRC. The HRC is directly under the UN General Assembly and so constitutes a very high-level body within the UN hierarchy.
  5. It is composed of 5 independent experts, of indigenous origin if possible, named for a period of three years, renewable once.

What the EMRIP does not do

  1. It cannot receive or pass on complaints or denunciations. These fall within the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples (SRIP), of other Special Rapporteurs, of Treaty Organs or of the Universal Periodic Review. 
  2. It cannot develop new standards, address situations by country, monitor the implementation of UNDRIP or adopt resolutions or decisions. 

For more information on EMRIP view this page.

EMRIP Research and Studies

You can read a Summary of the Expert Mechanism's studies here.

These reports may be found in all languages of the United Nations on the website of the High Commissioner for Human Rights here.

New Zealand and the EMRIP

New Zealand Human Rights Commission Interventions

Ninth session: 11–15 July 2016

Eighth session: 20–24 July 2015

Other sessions

New Zealand Rights Commission statements

News about the EMRIP

More info

You can learn about the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples here

Visit the EMRIP website here

Commissioner Karen Johansen presentation to the Ninth EMRIP (2016):