Issue 9
Monday, 19 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
Mark Munnich: Indigenous Renaissance man
Mark Munnich: Indigenous Renaissance man

Making his mark with a UN Fellowship

By Andrew Hall

Law student Mark Munnich left for Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday to take up a month-long United Nations (UN) Indigenous Fellowship with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The journey to Geneva began in 2015 when Mark participated in the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) on human rights at the University of New South Wales, where he was encouraged by peers to apply for the Fellowship.

 “I am passionate about human rights and I want to extend my knowledge in the field,” Mark said.

“The DTP program was a stepping stone but this Fellowship will allow me to put what I’ve learned into practice.”

The Indigenous Fellowship program is an international endeavour comprising four language groups: English, French Spanish and Russian.

“There will be many other First Nations people participating in the program,” Mark said.

“It is about putting into practice the various UN procedures that pertain to human rights reporting.”

Mark said he expected to return with a solid foundation of practical knowledge to supplement the theoretical human rights law studies he has already completed at Charles Darwin University.

“Human rights are fundamental to a healthy society, whether that society exists in the Northern Territory or anywhere else in the world,” he said.