1995/32. Establishment of a working group of the Commission on Human
Rights to elaborate a draft declaration in accordance with
paragraph 5 of General Assembly resolution 49/214
of 23 December 1994

The Commission on Human Rights,

Bearing in mind General Assembly resolution 47/75 of 14 December 1992 and part II, paragraph 28 of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (A/CONF.157/23),

Recalling its resolution 1994/29 of 4 March 1994, in which it urged the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to complete its consideration of the draft declaration on the rights of indigenous people and submit to the Commission at its fifty-first session the draft declaration together with any recommendations thereon,

Welcoming Subcommission resolution 1994/45 of 26 August 1994 in which the Subcommission decided to adopt the draft declaration as agreed upon by the members of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations and to submit it to the Commission at its fifty-first session,

Recalling General Assembly resolution 49/214 of 23 December 1994, in which the Assembly encouraged the Commission to consider the draft declaration with the participation of representatives of indigenous people, on the basis of and in accordance with appropriate procedures to be determined by the Commission,

Emphasizing the importance and special nature of the draft declaration as a standard-setting exercise specifically for indigenous people,

Recognizing that organizations of indigenous people have special knowledge and understanding of the current situation of the world's indigenous people and their human rights needs,

Expressing its appreciation to the Working Group on Indigenous Populations for its contribution to the process of elaboration of the draft declaration,

1. Decides to establish, as a matter of priority and from within existing overall United Nations resources, an open-ended inter-sessional working group of the Commission on Human Rights with the sole purpose of elaborating a draft declaration, considering the draft contained in the annex to resolution 1994/45 of 26 August 1994 of the Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, entitled draft "United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples" for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly within the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People;

2. Encourages the Working Group to consider in this context all aspects of the draft declaration, including its scope of application;

3. Requests that the Working Group meet for 10 working days at the earliest possible date in 1995;

4. Also requests that the Working Group recommend to the Commission the time and duration of its meetings in subsequent years;

5. Further requests the Working Group to submit a progress report to the Commission on Human Rights for consideration at its fifty-second session;

6. Invites relevant United Nations organs, bodies, programmes and specialized agencies and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council which are interested in contributing to the activities of the Working Group to participate in its work, in accordance with established practice;

7. Decides that participation of other relevant organizations of indigenous people, in addition to non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, should be in accordance with the relevant provisions of Economic and Social Council resolution 1296 (XLIV) of 23 May 1968 and the procedures set out in the annex to the present resolution, and invites such organizations to submit applications as soon as possible;

8. Requests the Secretary-General to invite Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and organizations of indigenous people authorized to participate to submit, for consideration by the Working Group, comments on the draft declaration submitted by the Subcommission;

9. Recommends that the Economic and Social Council take the appropriate steps to expedite the implementation of the present resolution;

10. Decides to consider the question again at its fifty-second session under an appropriate agenda item to be decided upon;

11. Recommends the following draft resolution to the Economic and Social Council for adoption:
[For the text, see chap. I, sect. A, draft resolution II]
53rd meeting
3 March 1995
[Adopted without a vote. See chap. XIX. E/CN.4/1995/176]


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