Human Rights Council 48th Session
ID with Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)
28 September 2021
Delivered by Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway: Nordic-Baltic Statement (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden)
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I have the honour of delivering this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.
We appreciate the valuable work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and welcome its annual report.
The report raises important issues with regards to the rights of the Indigenous Peoples. This includes proposals on participation of indigenous peoples in the Human Rights Council, and ensuring consultation with indigenous peoples and respect for their rights, including in the response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 crisis.
We support your call for protection of indigenous human rights defenders. Threats, harassment and violence is unacceptable. We also stand with you in condemning reprisals against indigenous leaders, human rights defenders and UN mandate holders for engaging in UN meetings.
Concerning the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, we encourage UNESCO and the international society at large to make a long-lasting commitment to save and strengthen indigenous peoples’ languages. Full, equal and meaningful participation by indigenous peoples, both nationally and internationally, is crucial.
What is the best way to ensure that the rights of indigenous peoples get more attention on the international agenda?