Strengthening Access to Justice, the Rule of Law and Human Rights Protection

What is the project about?

Justice HouseInauguration of a Justice Palace in Northern Nampula Province, Ribawe district. These are very importance infrastructures that enhance citizens access to justice (Photo: UNDP Moz)

The project builds on a 10-year long partnership between the Ministry of Justice and UNDP in this area. It aims at contributing to the UNDAF objective of strengthening democratic processes, ensuring equity and Rule of Law.

The specific outputs were chosen in accordance to the priorities of the Justice Sector defined in the Integrated Strategic Plan 2009-2014.The project builds on a 10-year long partnership between the Ministry of Justice and UNDP in this area. It aims at contributing to the UNDAF objective of strengthening democratic processes, ensuring equity and Rule of Law.

The specific outputs were chosen in accordance to the priorities of the Justice Sector defined in the Integrated Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

The three specific objectives of the project are:

1        Strengthening of innovative justice instruments, through:

•         The introduction of the alternatives to imprisonment based on the new code of conduct;

•         The expansion and consolidation of the Free Legal Aid services mostly at decentralized levels;

•         The consolidation of the new concept of the One-Stop-Shop model of “House of Justice”, where Courts, Prosecution, Criminal Investigation Police and Free Legal Aid services are located under one roof and provide justice services to citizens at district level.

2        Increasing the awareness about human rights and justice services to the most vulnerable groups of population

3        Supporting the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission

What have we accomplished so far?

On Human Rights:

A.      Contribution to the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission, in 2012, by facilitating the final step towards its establishment, which was the process of selection of the representatives from civil society to become NHRC commissioners.

B.      Continuous technical assistance to the National Human Rights Commission, through:

a.       Commissioning of consultancies for drafting of internal policy documents and institution strategic plan

b.       Capacity building of commissioners through training initiatives and exchange visits to other countries 

On innovative Instruments for Justice developed and implemented in selected provinces and districts:

A.      Technical assistance for drafting of the Law on Execution of Alternatives to Imprisonment and the amendment of the Organic Law on the Department for Execution of Criminal Sentences.

B.      Construction of the House of Justice of Ribaue. This House of Justice was inaugurated on 7 June 2013 by the Minister of Justice, and in presence of the UNDP Country Director and the Ambassador of the EU Delegation in Mozambique.

C.      A study on the Status of the Community Courts in 5 Provinces of Mozambique by the Free Legal Aid Institute of Mozambique (IPAJ) was carried out.

D.      Concerning the increase of awareness among citizens of their rights and how to protect them:

a.       Pamphlets were produced and distributed by IPAJ at district level, on the subject of lynching and reintegration of former inmates into society. 

b.       The National Action Plan for the implementation of the UPR recommendations was presented and distributed to CSOs, Public Administration Officials and common citizens in three distinct events in 3 Provinces.

Finances



  2012
Donor Name    
UNDP Trac Funds
Amount Contributed per Year USD 550,000
2013
UNDP Trac Funds  Amount Contributed per Year USD 600,000
Delivery in Previous Year
December 2012 363,342.15

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