As the international community in Geneva marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, IDLO’s Director-General Irene Khan has called for increased recognition of the “rule of law as a pathway to making human rights real”.
SIDE EVENT Creating a Culture of Gender Justice: A Multi-Dimensional Approach
IDLO and UNHCR have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen their partnership in rule of law initiatives for refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless people.
Recent research shows that sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one of the leading problems impacting communities across Myanmar. Women in particular face significant and widespread levels of SGBV, with both formal and informal systems failing to provide satisfactory remedies. Inadequate legal protections, combined with pervasive cultural and social stigma, low public legal awareness, and deep mistrust in the formal justice system, pose a daunting range of barriers to accessing justice and other services such as legal, medical and psycho-social support.
IDLO organized the first interregional meeting of justice chain actors across its four program locations in Mali from February 27 – 28 in Bamako, continuing its efforts to strengthen the criminal justice chain in the country.
Mexico has made significant efforts to modernize its justice and security system, and to strengthen the rule of law. The new accusatory system of justice, whereby the penal process is based on the presumption of innocence, has entered into force, and public policy measures have been taken for improved police professionalism. Despite these efforts, the public has little trust in the police force, and there is a widespread perception of impunity.
An effective, accountable and accessible justice system, based on the rule of law, is essential for security, economic development and the protection of fundamental rights in Afghanistan. Initiated in 2013, IDLO’s Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP) was one of the largest international training programs serving the Afghan criminal justice sector.
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IDLO organized a roundtable discussion in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 21 February to present its functional analysis on the bailiff system in Tajikistan.
As part of IDLO's project to increase accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes in Liberia, it is working to build the capacity of judges to effectively handle and dispose of sexual and gender-based violence cases.