Communications Procedure

By | 30 May, 2008

An important aspect of the Special Rapporteur’s work is to receive and exchange information with indigenous peoples, their organizations and other sources. The Special Rapporteur relies heavily on information submitted to him in relation to all areas of his work, including promoting good practices, country reports, thematic studies and responding to alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples. The Special Rapporteur places special emphasis on his mandate “to develop a regular cooperative dialogue with all relevant actors” by developing ongoing, long-term strategies for all the work he undertakes.

Communications on alleged human rights violations

As part of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur intervenes in response to alleged violations of the rights of indigenous peoples. The intervention can relate to a human rights violation that has already occurred, is ongoing, or which has a high risk of occurring. The process, in general, involves the sending of a confidential communication to the concerned Government requesting information, commenting on the allegation and suggesting that preventive or investigatory action be taken.

See also Submitting information to the Special Rapporteur