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Study on Access to Justice with a Focus on Restorative Justice, Indigenous Juridical Systems and Access to Justice for Indigenous Women, Children and Youth and Persons with Disabilities

The Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism to continue its study on access to justice in the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples and to submit a follow-up study to the Council during its 27th session (September 2014). As requested by the Council in Resolution 24/10, this study focuses on restorative justice and indigenous juridical systems, particularly as they relate to achieving peace and reconciliation, including an examination of access to justice related to indigenous women, children and youth, and persons with disabilities.

In January 2014, the Expert Mechanism requested states' contributions to the study.
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Call for submissions from indigenous peoples and others

The Expert Mechanism also called for submissions on restorative justice, indigenous juridical systems, and access to justice for indigenous women, children and youth and persons with disabilities from:

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

Submissions should be sent electronically to expertmechanism@ohchr.org by 10 march 2014.

Expert Seminar on Restorative Justice, Indigenous Juridical Systems and Access to Justice for Indigenous Women, Children and Youth and Persons with Disabilities, University of Auckland, 17-18 February 2014

The University of Auckland and OHCHR are co-organizing an expert seminar on restorative justice, indigenous juridical systems and access to justice for indigenous women, children and youth and persons with disabilities at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) on 17 and 18 February 2014. The objective of the expert seminar is to support the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the drafting of the follow-up study on access to justice.

Please click here to access the concept note and agenda for the seminar.