12 December, 2017

Report of the Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the rights of indigenous peoples

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The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 33/12. It provides a brief summary of her activities since her previous report and an assessment, informed by experiences of her mandate, on the status of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
 
 
I. Introduction
1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 33/12. In the report, she provides a brief summary of her activities since her previous report (A/71/229) and an assessment, informed by experiences of her mandate, on the status of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
 
II. Activities of the Special Rapporteur
2. As part of her mandate from the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur undertakes four interrelated areas of work, namely, country visits; thematic studies; promotion of good practices; and communications to Governments on alleged cases of human rights violations.
3. Since she submitted her last report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur has carried out two official country visits: to the United States of America in February 2017 and to Australia in March/April 2017. The reports on those visits (A/HRC/36/46/Add.1 and A/HRC/36/46/Add.2) will be submitted to the Human Rights Council in September 2017, together with a thematic report on climate change funds (A/HRC/36/46).
4. With a view to improving the effectiveness of and coordination between the existing bodies within the United Nations system with specific mandates on the rights of indigenous peoples, the Special Rapporteur participates in the annual meetings of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 
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