Justice is a numbers game
10-30, 17:00–17:25 (UTC), Room 3

Every year national authorities release data on crimes in their jurisdiction. This report shows the number of cases as per crimes. It also gives us data on cases disposed by the courts. What do these numbers mean? Are they real reflection of justice? What about experience of marginalised communities? How can wikidata use this information? These and a lot more questions will be discussed. The goal is not to find answers but to begin asking the difficult questions.

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What will the participants take away from this session?

The presenter is a human rights lawyer from India. This session will be a blend of her casework and research experience.

Most common sources to assess "Access to Justice" are government reports, and reports by non-profit organisations. Often this data goes underutilised. These documents are treassure trove of information - with words said and unsaid.

In cases such as sexual violence, communal violence, state sponsored violence etc., how can we interpret the data? What should we look at? What should be mindful of?

In this session, participants will explore where we should look for useful data, what bias we should be mindful of, and how we can use the data within the community. The goal of this session is to facilitate access to justice to communities who are often deprived of the opportunity to even initiate the process.





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Priyangee Guha is a human rights lawyer from India. She has represented victims of violence in court. Her interests are in reformative justice, healing and in creating better legal and social response systems to violence in our society.