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Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues


24 - 25 November 2015


Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


Minorities in the Criminal Justice System

The eighth session of the Forum took place on 24 and 25 November 2015 in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Joshua Castellino was appointed as Chair of the session, which focussed on "Minorities in the criminal justice system".

Over 500 participants took part in this eighth session of the Forum, including United Nations Member States and specialized agencies, intergovernmental and regional organizations, human rights treaty bodies, national human rights institutions, academics and experts, as well as civil society actors working on minority issues.

In addition to this wide range of stakeholders, this session brought together persons belonging to national, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities who are actively engaged in minority rights advocacy and diverse areas of work related to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities, as well as experts in the field of criminal justice.

Outcome documents

Further information

OHCHR Side Event on Minority Rights Protection in the UN System: Looking back and looking ahead – A Forum for the Future, 25 November 2015

Oral Statements

I. Opening meeting

II. Legal framework and key concepts

Assigned Speakers


III. 15:00--18:00: Minorities and the exercise of police powers

Assigned Speakers


IV. Challenges of criminal justice systems in addressing the needs and demands of minorities

Assigned Speakers


V.  Addressing the root causes of discrimination in the administration of justice

Assigned speakers


VI. Concluding remarks by the Chairperson of the Forum on Minority Issues and the Special Rapporteur on minority issues.