Applications for The Indigenous Fellowship Programme has been launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 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 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.
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).
At the end of the Programme, trained fellows are also in a better position to share and give training sessions on the knowledge gained to their indigenous communities and organizations.
Fellows are also given 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.
Participants of the Fellowship Programme are entitled to the following:
A return ticket (economy class) from their country of residence to Geneva; a daily or monthly stipend to cover their basic needs in Geneva, including modest accommodation, food and transport; a basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme.
Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply.
How to Apply
Applicants must download the application form. Both parts I and II of the application form must be signed and sent by regular post to the address given on the website.
Apply by 30th August.
For more information, visit: OHCHR’s Indigenous Fellowship Programme
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