Study on Access to Justice

The Human Rights Council requested the Expert Mechanism in September 2012 to prepare a study on 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).

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Study on access to justice in the promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples 

The Expert Mechanism requested contributions from States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to the study. The views presented in these documents are those of the submitting organizations, and may not reflect the views of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples or the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Submissions received from States included:

Submissions received from indigenous peoples and others 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.

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Study on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Context of Borders, Migration and Displacement: A call for submissions

Report on Recognition, reparations and reconciliation: A call for submissions

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