Pictured: Dea Thiele, David Lee, Geoff Scott and Tina Williams
Indigenous organisations from Australia are in Geneva as part of the Human Rights Council’s 6th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).
The 6th Session of EMRIP is being held from 8-12 July 2013 where the focus is on studies regarding access to justice, the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and progress on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Indigenous People’s Organisation (IPO) Network of Australia is a broad affiliation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals, who engage with the Human Rights Council and other United Nations mechanisms and frameworks to advocate for the implementation of the Declaration.
Co-chairs at the Expert Mechanism, Brian Wyatt and Dea Thiele, assist in coordinating the activities with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations that make up the IPO attending this year’s Expert Mechanism.
Discussion will take place on the status of recommendations around previous thematic studies which health, culture and education as well as this year’s agenda item on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous organisation delegates that make up the IPO at this year’s Expert Mechanism include the National Native Title Council, Aboriginal Medical Service of Western Sydney, New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
According to Mr Wyatt, ‘this year’s Expert Mechanism acknowledged significant input from the National Native Title Council, in their report on a survey questionnaire seeking views of States and Indigenous Peoples on best practices regarding possible appropriate measures and implementation strategies to attain the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’.
New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council was also acknowledged by the Expert Mechanism for their detailed report on the Study on Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples including Truth and Reconciliation Processes.
Pictured: Tina Williams, Craig Cromelin, Shane Duffy and Mick Gooda
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