primary responsibility for the promotion and protection of indigenous
peoples' human rights resides with states.
definition, NHRIs play a pivotal role in assisting their State to
meet its huma n rights obligations. They can play a crucial role in
advocating, lobbying and advising the State and others, such as
business, to uphold their responsibilities.
can play an important role in raising public awareness of human
rights issues and have strategic opportunities to collaborate with
indigenous peoples' organizations and NGOs to address indigenous
peoples' human rights issues.
also monitor state compliance with national and international human
rights standards and many have complaint-handling and investigatory
NHRIs are uniquely placed to engage with the international human
rights system, both in contributing to international reporting
processes and disseminating relevant information domestically.