UN Accountability Mechanisms

UN Accountability Mechanisms Establishing Effective Accountability Mechanisms for Human Rights Violations (By Navanethem Pillay 31.12.2012) U.N. Human Rights Experts: More Transparency and Accountability Required  (2013 Paper by The Heritage Foundation) United Nations capacity-building project to strengthen national mutual accountability mechanisms (UN-DCF Briefing Note, January 2013) Comparing the Effectiveness of Accountability Mechanisms in Eastern Europe and Latin…

EMRIP 2013 – Culture and Spirituality

EMRIP  2013  Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixth Session, United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013 Notes provided by Foundation for GAIA and taken by Jordi Mallarach Parés   Culture and Spirituality Culture and traditional religious practices were mentioned in various instances during the meeting. The Chair pointed out that there is at…

EMRIP 2013 – Self-Determination

EMRIP  2013  Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixth Session, United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013 Notes provided by Foundation for GAIA and taken by Jordi Mallarach Parés Self-Determination The right of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination was emphasized throughout the meeting. West Papua Indigenous People called on UN to establish referendum for independence…

EMRIP 2013 – Land & Territory

EMRIP  2013  Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixth Session, United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013 Notes provided by Foundation for GAIA and taken by Jordi Mallarach Parés Land and Territory Land and territory was highlighted in numerous interventions throughout the meeting. Access and legitimization of land ownership and stewardship were mentioned by…

EMRIP 2013 – Access to Justice

EMRIP  2013  Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixth Session, United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013 Notes provided by Foundation for GAIA and taken by Jordi Mallarach Parés Access to Justice Many Indigenous Peoples proposed the creation of a tribunal within the UN to tackle issues related to Indigenous Peoples and especially in…

EMRIP 2013 – ALTA Outcome Document

EMRIP  2013  Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Sixth Session, United Nations, Geneva, 8-12 July 2013 Notes provided by Foundation for GAIA and taken by Jordi Mallarach Parés ALTA Outcome Document The ALTA Outcome Document is the result of the preparatory meeting in Alta, Norway, for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in…

Submitting Statements

General Guidelines for submitting a statement NGOs can submit written or oral statements to the Human Rights Council. Written statements:  NGOs in general consultative status are allowed 2,000 words -NGOs in special consultative status and on the roster are allowed 1,500 words Oral statements: -Time given to  single NGOs: 2 minutes -Time given to statements…

Special Procedures

Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council The special procedures of the Human Rights Council are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. The system of Special Procedures is a central element of the United Nations human rights machinery and covers all human…

Complaints Procedures

The Human Rights Council Complaints Procedure The complaint procedure addresses communications submitted by individuals, groups, or NGOs that claim to be victims of human rights violations or that have direct, reliable knowledge of such violations.