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Study on Access to Justice

The Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism in September 2012 to study access to justice in the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and to submit it to the Council during its 24th session (September 2013).

In October 2012, the Expert Mechanism requested states' contributions to the study.

Note Verbale: English - French - Spanish

Submissions received included:

Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and others

The Expert Mechanism also called for submissions on access to justice in the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples, its mandated study in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 21/24 from:

  • indigenous individuals and peoples and/or their representatives
  • non-state actors including non-governmental organisations
  • national human rights institutions
  • any other relevant stakeholders

The deadline for submissions was 11 February 2013.

Submissions received included:

Expert Seminar on Access to Justice for Indigenous Peoples including Truth and Reconciliation Processes, Columbia University 27 February - 1 March 2013

The OHCHR, the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the International Center for Transitional Justice hosted an expert seminar on access to justice for indigenous peoples, including truth and reconciliation processes at Columbia University, New York, from 27 February to 1 March 2013. The main objective of the Expert Seminar was to contribute to the Expert Mechanism's study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.

The concept note for the Expert Seminar is available here

Information about the Expert Seminar, including the agenda, is available here (with link to http://hrcolumbia.org/indigenous/seminar).

Presentations included:

  • Sing’Oei and Young “Left Behind: Minority Rights, Transitional Justice and Lessons for Kenya” 5(1) Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law 49
  • Laura A. Young “A Challenging Nexus: Transitional Justice and Indigenous Peoples in Africa”
  • National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
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