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Challenges of criminal justice - 8th session of the Forum on Minority Issues
25 Nov 2015 -  IV.Challenges of criminal justice systems in addressing the needs and demands of minorities

The session will consider specific challenges that minorities face in criminal judicial proceedings, including obstacles to realizing their rights to equality before the law, to non-discrimination and to fair trial. The session will analyse experiences of minorities as witnesses, victims and/or offenders at all stages of criminal proceedings, including through the identification of discriminatory application of sentencing regimes, including the death penalty and disparities in sentencing that may arise from intentional prejudice or indirect discrimination. The session will share accounts of violence and abuse (or exposure thereto) suffered by minorities in the context of detention and other forms of deprivation of liberty, they will also identify necessary steps to prevent and address such acts. The session will discuss measures to guaranteeing an independent, impartial and representative judiciary and identify strategies and practices to remove actual or potential obstacles preventing minority victims from reporting a crime, to create an enabling environment for minorities to have access to formal justice.

Presentations by:
- Mr André Salvador Bezerra, President of Associação dos Juízes para a Democracia (Judges Association for Democracy), Brazil
- Ms Taghreed Jaber, Regional Director Middle East & North Africa Office, Penal Reform International
- Mr. András László Pap, Professor of Law, Hungarian Academic of Sciences and former Rapporteur for the European parliament on ethnicity and race based profiling in counter-terrorism law enforcement and border control
- Ms Durga Sob, Feminist Dalit Organization, Nepal
- Ms Salimata Lam, Programme Coordinator at SOS-Esclave, Mauritania

Discussion


Eighth session of the Forum on Minority Issues

SPEAKERS
United Nations Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities to the Eighth Session of the Forum on Minority Issues , Ms. Anna Giodice Saget
Anti-discrimination Centre Memorial / Center for Civil Liberties, Ms. Olga Abramenko
AfriForum, Mr. Ernst Roets
Zakir Amanbaev (Human Rights Defender), Mr. Zakir Amanbaev
China, Mr. Yisheng Ren
Youth Organization of Helsinki Citizens Assembly of Moldova , Ms. Marina Shupac
Quaker United Nations Office , Ms. Laurel Townhead
Association ARC pour la Défence des Droits de l'Homme du Peuple Azerbaïdjan, Mr. Mansoor Seifi
Unrepresented Nations and People Organisation , Mr. Andrej Rupel
Shabak Democratic Assembly, Mr. Hunain Algaddo
Mr. Ishak Assaad
Sinjar Foundation for Human Development , Ms. Erivan Haji
Public Defender of Georgia, Ms. Isabela Osipova
Nuba Mountain Peoples Foundation , Ms. Nagwa Shagga
Salar Sharo Ibrahim, Mr. Salar Sharo Ibrahim
Baha’i International Community, Ms. Diane Alai
Activist on Minority Issues from Iraq, Ms. Suham Vacek
Democratic Solidarity Party of Al-Ahwaz, Ms. Mona Silani
Croatia, Ms. Ivana Kozar Schenck
ABTTF – Federation of Western Thrace Turcs in Europe, Ms. Funda Resit
Austria, Mr. Gerhard Thallinger
Norway, Mr. Paul Ø. Bjørdal
Penal Reform International, Ms. Olivia Rope
United States of America, Ms. Michele Roulbet
Universala Esperanto-Asocio (UEA), Mr. Stefano Keller
Acheh Sumatra National Liberation Front, Mr. Asnawi Ali
Association pour la Promotion de la Francophonie en Flandre (APFF), Mr. Edgar Fonck
Secular Bangladesh Movement, Ms. Pushpita Gupta
Canada, Ms. Leigh Mccumber
Arab Center for Research and Studies, Mr. Hany Danial
Autistic Minority International, Mr. Erich Kofmel
Mauritania, Ms. Salka Mint Bilal Yamar
Indonesia National Commission on Violence against Women, Ms. Idriyati Suparno
Sawra for Human Rights, Mr. Samir Judah
European Union, Ms. Christina Kokkinakis
Independent Consultant of MRG, Mr. Nourredine Bessadi
Journalist of MRG, Mr. Faycel Didi
MRG Fellow, Mr. Abdelmalek Joubair Elidrissiammari
Gabooye Minoruty Organisation, Mr. Naser Issa
Russian Federation, Mr. Alexey Yunoshec
South Africa, Ms. Tsholofelo Glenda Tsheole
Mexico, Ms. Lucia Ramon
Mr André Salvador Bezerra, President of Associação dos Juízes para a Democracia (Judges Association for Democracy), Brazil (Comments and Answers)
Ms Taghreed Jaber, Regional Director Middle East & North Africa Office, Penal Reform International (Comments and Answers)
Mr. András László Pap, Professor of Law, Hungarian Academic of Sciences and former Rapporteur for the European parliament on ethnicity and race based profiling in counter-terrorism law enforcement and border control (Comments and Answers)
Ms Durga Sob, Feminist Dalit Organization, Nepal (Comments and Answers)
Ms Salimata Lam, Programme Coordinator at SOS-Esclave,
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