Traditional conflict resolution systems of indigenous peoples are an important aspect of inclusive societies in order to protect human rights and ensure access to justice. PartnersGlobal and Partners Colombia implemented this two-year project to improve access to justice for the Wayúu indigenous peoples in La Guajira Colombia. With a focus on strengthening the organizational capacity and leadership of our local indigenous organization AKUAIPA WAIMAKAT, we worked closely with other Legal Pluralism Experts to achieve the following results:
- More than 1,000 Wayúu women, men, and youth, from all 20 reserves in the region were educated and empowered through a diagnostic process and participatory design and launch of a new mobile Indigenous Rights School;
- PartnersGlobal designed a model curriculum that is still being used to guide instruction for legal professionals in indigenous rights and justice systems, as distinct from the official justice system;
- We helped to negotiate a joint protocol between the Wayúu justice system and the official justice system regarding the space for indigenous justice to be practiced in the Justice Houses in Riohacha, Uribia, and Barrancas, 2 of which are directed by Wayúu representatives.
- Partners facilitated an agreement between the General Prosecutor’s Office of Colombia to ensure differentiated attention to Wayúu victims within the framework of the constitutional mandate for special jurisdiction for indigenous communities.
Funded by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor