Many programmes in the informal sector focus on access to justice for minority groups or for indigenous peoples, both of whom may have been traditionally excluded from formal justice mechanisms. Minority or indigenous women face additional barriers to justice. Programmes in these communities must take account of the international human rights frameworks specific to minorities and to indigenous peoples, as well as international standards related to women’s rights. The human rights of women, vital to their safety and well-being, should take precedence over the right to preserve certain customary justice or inheritance practices if the practices discriminate against women.

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