Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Human Rights System


This fact sheet provides an overview of the United Nations human rights system and the rights of Indigenous peoples. It is designed to give readers a summary of indigenous peoples’ rights, an overview of the international human rights bodies and mechanisms in relation to indigenous peoples, a description of the activities of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) related to indigenous peoples, a brief summary of relevant regional human rights systems as they engage with indigenous peoples and protect their human rights, and a summary of some United Nations agencies, beyond the human rights framework, engaged in indigenous peoples’ issues.

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