United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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Thanks to the leadership of the University of Arizona Law’s Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program, and at the request of the Special Rapporteur, the University of Arizona Law is hosting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples José Francisco "Pancho" Calí Tzay for the duration of his three year term as Special Rapporteur.

*If you would like to receive periodic updates about upcoming consultations and calls for input, email raquelhernandez@arizona.edu and put UNSRRIP in the subject.

Upcoming Calls for Input and Consultations

Virtual Consultation with UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

March 17, 9 A.M. (MST)

The University of Arizona Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invite you to participate in a virtual consultation with the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Francisco Calí Tzay, on Wednesday March 17, 2021, 9-10:30am MST/ 11-12:30pm EST/17-18:30pm CET.  The consultation will inform the Special Rapporteur’s annual report to the General Assembly on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples living in Urban Areas to be presented at the 76th session in October 2021.  

Participants are invited to share information, updates, views and opinions on the issue in the form of 3-minute interventions to the Special Rapporteur. We will do our best to hear from all participants. In the event that some participants are unable to speak, they will be invited to submit written interventions.  

The discussion will be organized around the following themes: specific causes and consequences of urbanization, the effects of racism and racial discrimination on Indigenous peoples living in urban areas, and the development of resilience, best practices, and strategies employed by Indigenous movements or organizations to improve the living conditions of urban Indigenous peoples. The Special Rapporteur welcomes information on intersectionality, including in relation to gender, children and disability, as this pertains to the above areas. 

Please register here for the consultation by March 12, 2021. If you have questions for the rapporteur or expert guest participants, please send in advance to showard@email.arizona.edu(link sends e-mail).  

 Concept Note for Virtual Consultation with UNSR - Urban Indigenous Peoples.pdf

Call for Inputs: Urban Indigenous Peoples

Deadline: March 17

Pursuant to resolution 42/20 of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples will dedicate his annual report to the General Assembly to the Situation of Indigenous Peoples living in Urban Areas. The report will review the reasons for urbanization, its impacts and the initiatives undertaken by States, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders to ensure that the rights and specific needs of urban indigenous peoples are addressed.

View full instructions here.

Call for Inputs: Covid-19 Recovery

Deadline: March 17

The Special Rapporteur will devote his next thematic report to Covid-19 Recovery and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its 48th session in September 2021. The theme will build on the Rapporteur’s previous report to the UN General Assembly of 20 July 2020 (A/75/185), which addressed the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on indigenous peoples’ rights. 

View full instructions here.

UNSRRIP Calí Tzay’s Role at University of Arizona Law

Students at University of Arizona Law have the unparalleled opportunity to work on Indigenous human rights issues under the supervision of UN Special Rapporteur Calí Tzay. Seanna Howard, Director of the International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop, and her clinic students, provide assistance to Calí Tzay, working on a wide range of research and advocacy projects to support his UN mandate.

Calí Tzay’s role as UN Special Rapporteur is the highest-ranking independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council with primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of the human rights of Indigenous peoples. Calí Tzay's responsibilities for the three-year post include reporting to the U.N. about global human rights standards for Indigenous peoples, advising the UN and States about best practices to promote these standards, developing studies and reports related to protecting Indigenous peoples' human rights, and responding to specific allegations involving the violation of Indigenous peoples' human rights.

To learn more about UN Special Rapporteur Calí Tzay’s work, including thematic reports, country visits and communications to States please visit the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Leaders in Indigenous Human Rights Advocacy

This is the second time the IPLP Program has hosted the Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples. S. James Anaya was appointed to the position in 2008 during his time as a College of Law professor and left the U.N. position in 2014.