Nomination, Selection and Appointment of the independent experts
Establishment of the Expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples
Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 6/36 of 14 December 2007, an expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples will be established. The subsidiary expert mechanism is to provide the Council with thematic expertise on the rights of indigenous peoples in the manner and form requested by the Council.
The expert mechanism shall consist of five independent experts, the selection of which shall be carried out in accordance with the procedure established in paragraphs 39 to 53 of the Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, Annex . The independent experts shall be appointed for a three-year period and may be re-elected for one additional period.
In addition, in the selection and appointment process, the Human Rights Council is recommended to give due regard to experts of indigenous origin.
According to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, Annex, the following general criteria will be of paramount importance while nominating, selecting and appointing mandate-holders:
(b) experience in the field of the mandate;
(e) personal integrity;
Due consideration should be given to gender balance and equitable geographic representation, as well as to an appropriate representation of different legal systems. Eligible candidates are highly qualified individuals who possess established competence, relevant expertise and extensive professional experience in the field of human rights (paras. 39-41).
Public list of candidates
As called for in Council resolution 5/1, Annex, the Secretariat has created, maintains and regularly updates a public list of candidates. The public list of candidates is now available on the Human Rights Council Extranet.
Further to Council decision 6/102 the Secretariat has prepared a standardized form, specific to the expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples, on the basis of the technical and objective requirements stipulated in the decision, for candidates to fill in, so as to facilitate the selection of relevant candidacies from the public list.
Those entities which may nominate candidates as independent experts for the expert mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples, according to Council resolution 5/1, Annex, are:
(b) Regional Groups operating within the United Nations human rights system;
(c) international organizations or their offices (e.g. the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights);
(d) non-governmental organizations;
(e) other human rights bodies;
(f) individual nominations (para. 42).
Candidatures to the expert mechanism may reach the Secretariat at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org or HRC Secretariat, c/o Orest Nowosad (Mailing address: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Room 4-093, Palais des Nations, 8-14 avenue de la Paix, CH-1211, Geneva 10; Tel: +41 (0)22 917 9223; Fax: +41 (0)22 917 9011).
The Consultative Group, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, shall provide to the President, at least one month before the beginning of the session during which the independent experts shall be appointed, a list of recommendations of the candidates who possess the highest qualifications for the expert mechanism and meet the general criteria and particular requirements.
It is anticipated that appointment shall take place during the 8th session of the Human Rights Council (2-13 June 2008).
The deadline for submission of applications is set at Friday 11 April 2008.
Note Verbale, 26 February 2008