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Panel Discussion on access to justice for indigenous peoples, 17th Meeting
17 Sep 2012 -  In its resolution 18/8, the Human Rights Council decided to hold a half-day panel on access to justiceby indigenous peoples. The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has proposedto study access to justice by indigenous peoples “given the gravity of the issues facing indigenouspeoples, including discrimination against indigenous peoples in criminal justice systems, particularlyfor indigenous women and youth. Over-representation of indigenous peoples in incarceration is aglobal concern.”

Opening statements :
Ms. Mona Rishmawi, Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner
Mr. James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
·Dr. Ramy Bulan, Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, Malaysia;
·Dr. Megan Davis, Professor of Law and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia ;
·Dr. Vladimir Kryazhkov, Professor of Law at Moscow State University, Russian Federation ;
·Ms. Casilda de Ovando Gómez Morín, Director for Promotion of Covenants on Justice, National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI), Mexico
·Mr. Abraham Korir Sing'Oei, Human rights attorney, Kenya
17th Plenary Meeting - 21st Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

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