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I took note of programs by institutions like the National Commission of Human Rights CNDH and the Federal Public Defense Institute to promote due process rights through the provision of indigenous language speaking interpreters and attorneys, specialized public defenders, anthropological expert reports, and for the prerelease of indigenous defendants in pretrial detention. I consider that these are important programs that need to be continued and strengthened.

I would like to thank the Federal Judiciary Council for inviting me to speak before this important seminar on the issue of access to justice for indigenous peoples. Measures shall be taken to ensure that members of these peoples can understand and be understood in legal proceedings, where necessary through the provision of interpretation or by other effective means” art. Convention recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples to exercise their customs, customary laws and methods for dealing with penal matters subject to fundamental human rights principles recognized in domestic and international legal sources.

An important avenue to guarantee access to justice for indigenous peoples is the recognition and promotion of their own juridical systems.

Efforts at creating mechanisms for interface between indigenous and justice systems need to provide a certain degree of flexibility in addressing the competencies of indigenous jurisdictional authorities. The Philippine law recognizes the right of indigenous peoples “to use their own commonly accepted justice systems, conflict resolution institutions, peace building processes or mechanisms and other customary laws and practices within their respective communities and as may deslindde compatible with the national legal system and with internationally recognized human rights.

However, this procedure may be very costly for indigenous peoples. I will then conclude with a discussion of further areas of work in the areas of indigenous justice systems and autonomy based on the recommendations I made in my country report.

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It is also necessary to recognize indigenous peoples’ justice systems as lsy in character, thus allowing them to evolve and adapt to future situations and contexts, in a manner that is consistent with their social, political and cultural precepts. Paraguay, Judgment of March 29,paras. According to official information received from authorities, impunity in the country is nearly absolute.


As article 4 of the Declaration states, indigenous peoples have the right to ways and means for financing their autonomous functions. This needs to addressed through actions by the Supreme Court and other relevant tribunals to step up existing mechanisms to ensure enforcement of those judgments. It also presents limits for indigenous individuals, communities and peoples seeking to assert their rights in national legal systems.

The Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples recognizes indigenous peoples’ own customary legal institutions which lry linked to their rights to self-governance and self-determination. This is aggravated by the presence of organized crime in indigenous territories and the overall situation of impunity afflicting the country. Such exchanges could also help promote further knowledge of international human rights standards by both types of authorities.

On the other hand, indigenous peoples throughout Mexico have developed numerous proposals to promote their autonomy, self-determination and justice administration, especially where federal and state responses have been inefficient or non-existent. However, Special Rapporteur Stavenhagen noted this same article “hems it round with restrictions which make it difficult to implement it in practice. The information I received indicated problems in the respect of due process rights of indigenous individuals before the criminal justice systems due the shortage of indigenous language interpreters, lawyers, public defenders and justice operators who speak indigenous languages.

Challenges in access to the national justice system.

This includes challenges in obtaining justice and reparations for human rights violations through the national justice systems, as well as exercising their rights ly their own systems of justice and related rights to autonomy and self-government.

In my presentation, I will begin by providing an overview of international human rights standards related to indigenous peoples’ access to justice and their own juridical systems. Due process would depend on the particular laws and procedures of the indigenous community concerned based on its desinde and political organization. These are also important elements to enable indigenous peoples’ access to justice. Convention also emphasizes that in situations where members of indigenous peoples face criminal penalties under general law, “account shall be taken of their economic, social and cultural characteristics” and methods of punishment other than prison shall be given preference art.

Challenges in exercising indigenous justice systems, self-government and self-determination. Article 4 of the Declaration specifies that “Indigenous peoples, in deslide their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local juriwdiccional, as well as ways and means for financing their autonomous functions. International human rights treaties and instruments ratified and supported by Mexico affirm the obligation of States to guarantee the ability of indigenous peoples to access justice within the national legal system.


These are the right deslinse life, the prohibition against slavery and torture, and the right to due process. Coordination between indigenous and national justice system.

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My mission had the two-fold purpose of assessing the implementation of the recommendations that my predecessor Special Rapporteur Rodolfo Stavenhagen made in and to evaluate how Mexico has implemented its international commitments on indigenous peoples’ human rights.

Promoting an intercultural understanding of human rights. Numerous cases were submitted to me indicating that these procedures are neither simple or accessible and could involve lengthy proceedings. As detailed in my report, legal and institutional reforms need to be implemented to better respond to the needs indigenous peoples have in obtaining justice for violations of their rights to lands and territories, to be consulted regarding measures and activities affecting them, as well as for acts of violence, threats and intimidation that they face.

When there are legitimate concerns about the observance of human rights in a decision made by an indigenous authority or about the suitability of indigenous jurisdiction for a particular matter, specialized review bodies could be devised in addition to domestic courts.

As Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I am tasked to look into the obstacles, challenges, barriers and good practices of States in protecting, respecting and fulfilling the rights of indigenous peoples.

A decision by the Supreme Court held that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples could not adjudicate cases where one of the parties involved is not an indigenous person or does not belong to the same ethno-linguistic group as the other party, thus limiting the understanding of indigenous justice.

In Chiapas, the creation and promotion of autonomous municipalities and good-governance councils have responded to the needs of indigenous peoples in the areas of health, education, justice and other rights without creating dependence on government aid.