Indigenous peoples are ethnic minorities who have been marginalized as their historical territories became part of a state. As such they have rights as a people and UN mechanisms monitor their implementation. Here you can learn more about indigenous peoples rights standards and their implementation in Papua.
International norms and mechanisms for indigenous peoples include
- The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Adopted by the General Assembly, 13 September 2007 defines the Rights of indigenous peoples.
- The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.
- The Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples was established in 2001 and is since 2010 until autumn 2013 held by Mr. James Anaya.
- The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) provides the Human Rights Council with thematic advice, in the form of studies and research, on the rights of Indigenous peoples as directed by the Council. The Expert Mechanism may also suggest proposals to the Council for its consideration and approval.