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Legal framework and key concepts - 8th session of the Forum on Minority Issues
24 Nov 2015 -  Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues on "Minorities in the Criminal Justice System”

II. Legal framework and key concepts

This session will provide an overview of existing international and regional standards and principles relevant to the fairness and effective safeguarding of minority rights at all stages of the criminal justice process. The discussion will focus on how to ensure that international and regional principles and standards relevant to the promotion and protection of minority rights in the criminal justice system are reflected in national legislation, policies and practices. The role of international, regional and national mechanisms in guaranteeing a strong national legal framework for the protection of minorities and ensuring institutional attention to issues relating to minorities will be considered.

Presentations by:
• Ms Rose-Marie Belle Antoine , President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
• Mr Régis de Gouttes, Premier Avocat Général honoraire à la Cour de Cassation, Former member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
• Ms Gay McDougall, Former Independent expert on minority issues and member-elect of CERD.
• Mr Asbjørn Eide, Senior fellow of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and former Chairman of the UN Working Group on Minorities
• Mr Henrik Villadsen, Director, Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE


Discussions

Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues

SPEAKERS
European Union of Coptic Org HR, Mr. Medhat Klada
United Copts of Great Britain, Mr. Ibrahim Habib
Defence for Children International - Terres des Hommes, Ms. Marialavia Zaccarini
China Ethic Minorities Association for External Exchanges, Mr. Shiqiang Li
Kyrgyzstan Institute for Youth Development, Mr. Sarvar Salimov
Iraq, Mr. Ali Hilal
Volga Migration Center, Ms. Choloian Almaz
Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist and Christians Unity Council , Mr. Amarendra Roy
European Union, Ms. Christina Kokkinakis
Mexico, Ms. Lucia Ramon
Georgia, Ms. Ekaterine Meshveliani
Association for Human Rights in Kurdistan of Iran, Mr. Taimoor Aliassi
Maspero Youth Union, Mr. Mina Ghabrial
Lithuania, Mr. Rytis Paulauskas
National Dalit Movement for Justice, Mr. Ramesh Nathan
Colombia, Mr. Carlos Valencia-Munoz
Hungary, Mr. Adam Zoltan Kovacs
Commission Nationale des Droits de l'Hommes Mauritania, Mr. Irabiha Abdelwedoud
Stitching Ezidis Charity Association Nederland, Mr. Osman Heso
Kurdocide Watch-Chak, Mr. Dere Aydin
Hazara United Movement (HUM), Ms. Samah Naz
Egypt, Mr. Mohamed Hamdy Mohamed Elmolla
Ms. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Comments and Answers)
Mr. Régis De Gouttes, Premier Avocat Général Honoraire à la Cour de Cassation, Ancien Membre de UNCERD (Comments and Answers)
Ms. Gay Mcdougall, Former Independent Expert on Minority Issues and Member-Elect of CERD (Comments and Answers)
Mr. Asbjørn Eide, Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights and Former Chairman of the UN Working Group on Minorities (Comments and Answers)
Mr. Henrik Villadsen, Director, Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE (Comments and Answers)
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