International experts

Eastern Europe, Russian Federation, Central Asia and Transcaucasia region is represented in the United Nations by the three experts on the rights of indigenous peoples: 


Ms. Aysa Mukabenova - Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, nominated by Governments 

Vystuplenie-Ajsy-Mukabenovoj-na-sekcionnom-zasedanii-foto-L.CHirkovoj.jpgMs. Mukabenova has born in Kalmykia, Russia. In 1985 graduated from the Kalmyk State University. From 2002 till present works for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the capacity of Senior Counselor of the Department for Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights. Ms. Mukabenova is in charge of following issues: lawmaking in the sphere of interethnic relations, analytical activity on problematiс of national minorities and indigenous peoples and combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination, cooperation with ethno-cultural non-government organizations, implementation of measures on protection of culture, education and media of national minorities and indigenous peoplesю Ms. Mukabenova is a leading expert on inter-ethnic relations and the author of a number of publications on minorities and indigenous populations. She is a recognized authority among the Permanent Forum experts and maintains regular contact with Russian and international indigenous organizations. Ms. Mukavenova represents the Permanent Forum in the Steering Committee of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.


Mr. Dmitrii Kharakka-Zaitsev - Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, nominated by Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations

DSC08482.JPGDmitrii belongs to an indigenous small-numbered people Izhora in Leningradskaya oblast, Russia. He holds PhD in Law. Working in different universities Dmitrii has got a strong academical backgownd. Currеntly works as practicing lawyer. Meanwhile Dmitrii is a Board member of Regional National-cultural Autonomy of Ingrian Finns and Board member of Community of small-numbered indigenous people Izhora “Shojkula”. Dmitrii has ample experiance in indigenous issues and interrelations with authorities at multiple levels. Since 1995 he has been engaging activities devoted to protection of national minorities and indigenous rights, indigenous life environment, support and development of indigenous peoples’ languages and culture . He also has been leading and participating in different international and regional social projects dedicated to support of indigenous peoples. The Council of the Kindred People’s Programme of Estonia decided to award the 2015 Ilmapuu (World Tree) Prize to Dmitrii Kharakka-Zaitsev for preservation and development of izhorian culture and protection of izhora traditional environment. Mr. Kharakka-Zaitsev has been elected Vice-Chair of the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.


Mr. Alexey Tsykarev - Memeber of the UN Expert Mechanism one the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

tiwkZWPY8ZQ.jpgAlexey Tsykarev’s career has primarily developed in the civil society from being a national minority activist in the Republic of Karelia to heading the International Youth Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples. Currently, Mr. Tsykarev is serving as an Expert Member at the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2014 – 2016 Tsykarev served as Vice-Chair and Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Expert Mechanism. Mr. Tsykarev has also worked as a translator, journalist, IR and project manager, executive director and individual entrepreneur. As practitioner, he has been involved in a number of international projects in sphere of arts, education, human rights and civic diplomacy. Additionally, he has collaborated with academic and global institutions, more specifically he has served as a consultant for the World Bank Group and as a research assistant at Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights in the University of Helsinki. International relations, especially cooperation in the High North, human and indigenous peoples' rights, and languages are his main interests. Locally, Alexey Tsykarev is working as a Chair in the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples and Civic Diplomacy “Young Karelia” (“Nuori Karjala”). The organization is focused on preservation, promotion and development of endangered Finno-Ugric languages and culture, and national and international advocacy. Mr. Tsykarev represents the Expert Mechanism in the Steering Committee of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.