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International human rights treaties and instruments ratified and supported by Mexico affirm the obligation leg States to guarantee the ability of indigenous peoples to access justice within the national legal system.

Regarding the recognition of indigenous normative and juridical systems, some states have recognized indigenous community police, indigenous courts and other forms of conflict resolution systems. Dear ladies and gentlemen present jurisriccional today. Such exchanges could also help promote further knowledge of international human rights standards by both types of authorities.

As an official General Assembly resolution voted favorably by the vast majority of State members of the UN, the Declaration is the most authoritative instrument on the current international consensus on the rights of indigenous peoples which is also grounded in fundamental human rights in widely ratified international 0073.

These review bodies would need to contribute constructively to the respect and strengthening of indigenous jurisdictional powers. This would be a way for State authorities to ,ey about indigenous cultures, languages, customs, laws and procedures in order to prevent prejudicial attitudes against indigenous systems of justice. An intercultural dialogue between indigenous and State justice authorities regarding the areas that indigenous justice operators consider they should adjudicate should be promoted with a view to guaranteeing a maximum level of autonomy for the indigenous peoples concerned.

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. Article 2 of the Mexican Constitution makes an important recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to autonomy and jurizdiccional, including their internal forms of coexistence, their social, economic, political and cultural 07 and the application of their own legal systems to resolve internal conflicts.

Indigenous peoples have experienced limited results in obtaining recognition and protection of their land rights through the use of the agrarian legal procedures. Among the main human rights concerns identified by indigenous peoples were issues related to access to justice, self-determination and autonomy in the context of a grave situation of violence, impunity and criminalization.

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 jjrisdiccional art.

During my visit, I was able to hear of the problems indigenous peoples face in obtaining justice and reparations for violations of their human rights. However, recent efforts in Guerrero to undercut these advances could increase incidents of criminalization of these community-based practices.


Challenges in exercising indigenous justice systems, self-government and self-determination Article 2 of the Mexican Constitution makes an important recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights jurisdiccionaal autonomy and self-determination, including their internal forms of coexistence, their social, economic, political and cultural organization and the application of their own legal systems to resolve internal conflicts.

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It affirms indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination by which they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development art.

For example, I was informed that there were only 25 bilingual public defenders operating nationally. This is significant as the reform also facilitates the full incorporation and application of international human rights instruments ratified and adhered to by Mexico. An important starting point is ascertaining and validating the jurisdictional powers that indigenous peoples already exercise de facto.

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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. These are the right to life, the prohibition against slavery and torture, and the right to due process.

An important avenue to jurisdlccional access to justice for indigenous peoples is the recognition and promotion of their own juridical systems. According to Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, ratified by Mexico inindigenous peoples have the right to “be able to take legal proceedings, either individually or through their representative bodies, for the effective protection of [their] rights.

I found that access to justice for indigenous peoples using the agrarian legal system could be seriously limited if current international standards on indigenous peoples’ rights to lands, territories, natural resources and other human rights are not adequately incorporated and applied by agrarian authorities.

However, Special Rapporteur Stavenhagen noted this same article “hems it round with restrictions which make it difficult to implement it in practice.

Due process would depend on the particular laws and procedures of the indigenous community concerned based on its social and political organization. nurisdiccional

International human rights perspectives on access to justice for indigenous peoples in Mexico

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. State legislation and federal electoral court decisions have reaffirmed the rights of indigenous 0733 in states like Oaxaca, Michoacan, Morelos and Guerrero to elect local and municipal authorities according to their usages and customs.

The lack of implementation of various judgments favorable to indigenous peoples has also undermined the effectiveness of the national justice system.


These international standards should guide the necessary processes of intercultural dialogue between indigenous and national justice authorities in order to devise ways of collaboration and coordination in areas of mutual interest, including security, justice administration, governance and the fight against impunity.

The above international sources reflect the need for States to address disadvantages indigenous peoples face due to language, cultural, economic and other barriers within national legal systems. Coordination between indigenous and national justice system. This includes Indigenous community-based police in Guerrero and Michoacan.

Said legal and institutional reforms need to incorporate the international human rights standards on the rights of indigenous peoples mentioned in this presentation. Therefore, avenues of dialogue, coordination and collaboration are needed between State authorities and indigenous autonomous institutions such as community police, indigenous courts, good governance councils and autonomous municipalities in areas of mutual interest.

Secondly, I will provide an overview of the findings made after my official visit to Mexico regarding access to justice, indigenous systems of justice and self-determination. I pointed out the importance of indigenous peoples to continue developing and strengthening their own legal, policy and self-determination initiatives. However, this procedure may be very costly for indigenous peoples.

This could include an intercultural review body made of representatives of indigenous and ordinary justice authorities. Paramilitary and other armed groups committing human rights violations in indigenous territories should be dismantled, disarmed and criminally sanctioned.

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.

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. In Bolivia, constitutional recognition of indigenous jurisdiction was followed by legislation to enable coordination with the ordinary justice. Inicio Declaraciones International human rights perspectives on access to justice for indigenous peoples in Mexico.

In my country, the Philippines, indigenous peoples’ rights are recognized in the Constitution and in 10 years before the adoption of the UN Declaration on indigenous peoples it became the fist Asian country to adopt a law on indigenous peoples.

In Colombia, the Constitutional Court has used cultural expert testimonies peritajes culturales in cases before them in order to understand a particular indigenous people’s own precepts of justice, due process and the meaning of sanctions imposed.

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