The UN Special Rapporteur visits Copenhagen

PHOTO: Zhong Min Peng©RP og Hasse F.
BY: UN og Henning Okholm

GENEVA (30 January 2023) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, José Francisco Cali Tzay, to carry out an official visit to Denmark and Greenland from 1 to 10 February 2023.

The UN expert will examine a diverse range of issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, including self-governance, the administration of justice, the situation of children and youth, gender equality, housing, access to health services including mental health, business and human rights, and climate change.

The expert visits Copenhagen, Nuuk and Sisimiut, at the invitation of the governments.

Cali Tzay will meet with Government officials, indigenous organisations, civil society, academics and UN representatives. He will also visit communities to discuss their priorities and concerns.

The Special Rapporteur  hold a press conference to share his preliminary findings and recommendations at 11:00 on Friday 10 February in UN City Copenhagen.

The UN expert will present his final report to the Human Rights Council in September 2023.

Mr. José Francisco Cali Tzay, was appointed Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples in March 2020 and took up the role on 1 May 2020. A Mayan Cakchiquel from Guatemala, he has represented indigenous peoples at the United Nations since the early 1980s, addressing human rights violations against indigenous peoples in Guatemala and around the world.

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