The eleventh annual session of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was held in Geneva, Switzerland from July 9 to 13, 2018. The EMRIP was established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2007, and provides the council with expertise and advice on the rights of indigenous peoples as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and assists Member States, upon request, in achieving the ends of the Declaration through the promotion, protection and fulfillment of the rights of indigenous peoples. Representatives from states, indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples' organizations, civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and academia participate each year.
Ashur S. Eskrya, President of the Assyrian Aid Society - Iraq (AAS), an NGO headquartered in Nohadra (Dohuk), Iraq, provided testimony on the situation of Assyrians in Iraq today. The AAS was established in 1991 and facilitates various humanitarian, rehabilitation, and educational projects across Iraq.
Read his testimony transcript below.