UN event: Indigenous Justice and Human Rights

The ICJ and the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples are organizing a panel discussion on indigenous justice and human rights, at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

The event takes place Tuesday, 17 September 2019, at 13:00 – 14:30, Room VIII, in the Palais des Nations.

The event will discuss, among other aspects:

  • The right of indigenous peoples to maintain their legal systems;
  • The contribution of indigenous justice systems to equal access to justice, including under SDG 16;
  • Indigenous justice systems and other human rights, including fair trial and rights of women and children;
  • The relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous justice systems.

The panel will feature:

  • Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Ilaria Bottigliero, IDLO Director of Policy, Research and Learning.
  • Jovita Tzul Tzul, indigenous lawyer from Guatemala.
  • Matt Pollard, ICJ Senior Legal Adviser.

The event will allow for dynamic exchange between panelists and attendees, on current initiatives including: the Special Rapporteur’s report on indigenous justice systems; ICJ’s global initiative on indigenous and other traditional or customary justice systems; and IDLO’s series of publications titled ‘Navigating Complex Pathways to Justice: Engagement with Customary and Informal Justice Systems’, which aim to advance policy dialogue and distil lessons from programming and research to help realize SDG 16.

Spanish-English interpretation will be available.

A flyer in PDF format can be downloaded here: SideEvent-IndigenousJusticeandHumanRights

For more info contact un(a)icj.org