EMRIP16: Item 12 – Future work of the Expert Mechanism, including Focus on Future Thematic Studies
16th session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)
17th to 21st July 2023, Geneva, Switzerland
Joint Statement on
Agenda Item 12: Future work of the Expert Mechanism, including focus on future thematic studies
On behalf of Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus
The Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus acknowledges the importance of EMRIP works and mandates. We also appreciate the EMRIP members for conducting thematic studies and country engagements. And we would like to reiterate that the Members State, especially Members State from Asia, must engage in the future works of EMRIP and Indigenous Peoples to usher implementation of UNDRIP.
Indigenous Peoples in Asia face regression and rejection of our inherent rights and rights enshrined in the UNDRIP. The states continue to othering Indigenous Peoples by making minorities within minorities and rejecting the rights to self-determination and the principle of nations and indigeneity. Therefore, we would like to call upon the Expert Members;
- to continue to pursue with member states of the need to engages with EMRIP and IPs for the implementation and realization of IPs rights in accordance with the UNDRIP.
- To focus its future studies on the terror laws, national security law and legislations that often designates Indigenous Peoples and their work as anti- nationals and terrorist and call for the review and amendment of such laws to ensure the safety and security and protection of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples and their communities.
- Continue the work on the establishment of national and regional level monitoring mechanism on the implementation of UNDRIP.
- to conduct formal and informal dialogues with the Members States and Indigenous Peoples in Asia to achieve recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples enshrined in UNDRIP.
I express my sincere gratitude to the Expert Mechanism for this session.