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Combating the Challenges of Justice Systems (with a Focus on Restorative Justice)

Mexico will express the following findings according to the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Twenty-seventh session,Vienna, 14–18 May 2018 Item 7 of the provisional agenda (Canada and Colombia, which are not present today).

To begin with, Mexico will appropriately mainstream a gender perspective into the criminal justice systems and into efforts to prevent and combat crime, including transnational organized crime, including by developing and implementing national criminal justice legislation, policies and programmes that took into account the important role and specific needs of women and girls and by promoting gender-specific measures in crime prevention and protection policies, 

Reaffirming the shared commitment to universal respect for and observance of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and recognizing that restorative justice processes can be adapted to established criminal justice systems and complement those systems, taking into account legal, social, economic and cultural circumstances, 

Recognizing the need to ensure that restorative justice processes are gender-sensitive and uphold the rule of law will be Mexico’s main objective during the sessions.

Recognizing also that restorative justice has shown promising results with respect to a broad range of situations, including serious crimes, cases involving a large number of victims and offenders, historic, systemic or institutionalized abuse and human rights violations, crime prevention, reintegration, and addressing harm and conflict in other systems and settings, such as schools and communities, 

Recognizing further that restorative justice is one of the guiding paradigms of transitional justice, which is aimed at ensuring accountability, serving justice and achieving reconciliation, while taking into account the need to protect the right of victims to seek reparation, 

Taking into account that restorative justice processes, such as victim-offender mediation, community and family group conferencing, circle sentencing, peacemaking and truth and reconciliation commissions, can contribute to a wide range of beneficial outcomes, including redressing the harm done to the victims, holding offenders accountable for their actions and engaging the community in the resolution of conflict.


1.    Encourages Member States to promote and increase the use of restorative justice in criminal matters at all stages of the criminal justice system and to strengthen the quality of practice in accordance with recognized values, principles and guidelines on restorative justice, including by applying the basic principles on the use of restorative justice programmes in criminal matters; 

2.    Calls upon