The UN OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme was launched in 1997 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). It was in the context of the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of indigenous peoples. Also, on existing international human rights instruments and mechanisms. So, they can use them to more effectively advocate for the rights of their communities and raise their concerns at the international level. At the end of the Programme, trained fellows are also in a better position to share. Further, give training sessions on the knowledge gained to their indigenous communities and organizations.
The training combines theoretical sessions with briefings on the UN system, OHCHR mandate and activities, international Human Rights instruments (Treaties, Conventions, Declarations) and mechanisms (Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures) – including those more specifically dealing with indigenous issues (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ILO Convention 169, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, EMRIP). Practical assignments and exercises also help better integrate the theory. Fellows also get the opportunity to actively participate in the annual meeting of EMRIP. Additionally, they get introduced to the work of other UN and specialized agencies (ILO, WIPO, UNESCO, UNICEF) and of Geneva-based Human Rights NGOs, including DoCip.
Trained participants are better to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting their rights. This training programme is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French, and Russian.
OHCHR will not cover any additional expenses such as visa fees and travel insurance.