2. “The UN Treaty Body: Catalyst for Change?”

This paper examines how public dissent, expressed through reporting to the UN, creates a way for the United Nations to respond to human rights violations. This in turn either creates trust or distrust, depending on the outcomes. The speaker will use examples from the report “Catalysts for Change- IESCR among Indigenous groups in Asia” in addition to other issues that highlight these challenges and tensions.

“Enforcing the UNDRIP”

This paper will focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) which was adopted in 2007. Although the UNDRIP faced a long road to its creation, the resulting document is one that was ground breaking for the recognition of rights among indigenous people within the international community. Unfortunately, recent issues have surfaced that indicate that UNDRIP has not been appropriately integrated into national frameworks. This paper will borrow on the report “Catalysts for Change: IESCR among Indigenous People in Asia” and discuss why UNDRIP is a key element to creating a meaningful and cooperative relationship with indigenous groups, not only in Asia, but around the world. It will probe the extent to which this Treaty can assist the UN in supporting State delivery of IESCR to this unique group and the extent to which issues of trust and distrust can be seen along a continuum of progressive realisation

“Enforcing the Covenant on IESCR through UN machinery”

This paper builds on the preceding paper by examining the extent to which UN institutions, particularly the UNHRC has a meaningful role to play in supporting the progressive realisation of economic, social and cultural rights
stated in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights among indigenous groups. It will probe the extent to which this Treaty can assist the UN in supporting State delivery of IESCR to this unique group and the extent to which issues of trust and distrust can be seen along a continuum of progressive realisation. It refers to the report “Catalysts for Change: ICESR among Indigenous People in Asia” prepared by the group in its analysis.