Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues on "Minorities in the Criminal Justice System”

Dates: 24 and 25 November 2015

Venue: Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Recommendations of the eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues
Recommendations on "Minorities and the criminal justice system" (A/HRC/31/72)
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Key documents for the Forum

Background documentation:

  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák - Minorities in the criminal justice system
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  • Minorities in the Criminal Justice System. Contribution of the United Nations Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to the Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues

OHCHR Side Event on Minority Rights Protection in the UN System: Looking back and looking ahead – A Forum for the Future
25 November 2015 13 :00 – 15 :00 Room XXIII Palais des Nations. Click here for the concept note

Meeting Proceedings

Important information with regard to meeting proceedings and interventions are available here.

NEW: Plenary sessions on 24 and 25 November in Room XX will be live streamed on UN Web TV. The link will also be available at the Forum web page.

Who may participate?

Each year, the Forum welcomes the participation of representatives of Member States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics and experts on minority issues and NGOs. We particularly welcome as participants persons belonging to minorities who are actively engaged in promoting and protecting minority rights. Click here for the practical information note for participants

Please note that all participants must register for the Forum through the online registration platform. Please click here for additional information for participants concerning registration and accreditation.

Side events will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on both days.

NGO parallel events are public meetings and may be attended by NGOs, Permanent Mission Representatives, UN Staff and other persons with access to Palais des Nations.

Interpretation for NGOs' parallel events is not provided by the United Nations. NGOs may bring their own interpreters, if they so wish, and in order to do so, inform the Secretariat ahead of time

States are kindly informed that, in accordance with the requirements of the resolution 19/23 regarding an open and transparent accreditation procedure which provides for the timely information on participation and consultations with States concerned, the list of representatives who have been accredited for the eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues will be posted and updated regularly on the Forum on Minority Issues’ Extranet. The Forum’s Extranet can be accessed by using the same log-in details as the ones for the Human Rights Council’s extranet. The final list of accredited participants will be made available on the Forum’s website by 15 December 2015. Also, the list of those organizations without consultative status with ECOSOC requesting accreditation for the eighth session of the Forum is accessible at all-time upon written request to the Secretariat of the Forum on Minority Issues.