Promoting Access to Justice, Human and Peace Consolidation in Rwanda 2013-2018

Background

The 5 year Access to Justice and Peace Consolidation programme provides support to key national institutions and in particular the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST), the Supreme Court, the National Prosecution Authority, the Supreme Court and the Rwanda National Police, to ensure access and delivery of justice for all, with special focus on the provision of legal aid to the most vulnerable groups including children, women and inmates. The programme also aims at strengthening the capacity of national institutions including CSOs to comply with Rwanda’s reporting obligations and implementation of Treaty Body and UPR recommendations.  This programme contributes to peace consolidation through supporting community dialogue for unity and reconciliation and crime prevention. It is implemented by the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST), the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), the Rwanda National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP).

What is the project about?

The purpose of the Access to Justice, Human Rights and Peace consolidation program is to deepen accountable governance through the promotion of the rule of law, human rights and peace consolidation in Rwanda.

The program is aligned to the programming cycle of the Government of Rwanda and UN through the EDPRS 2 and the UNDAP and is intended to efficiently respond to the national priorities as expressed in the Justice, Rule of Law and Order Sector (JRLOS), the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 2) and the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP) for the period 2013-2018. The project aims specifically to contribute to the achievement of Result 2, Outcome 2 of the UNDAP which is “Human rights, justice, and gender equality promoted and implemented at all levels”. It focuses on three main components which are: (1) access to justice with special focus on the most vulnerable groups including women and children; (2) human rights and (3) peace consolidation.
Capacity building of key institutions both at central and local level are at the center of this project, with the ultimate aim of improving service delivery in the justice sector and the promotion of human rights principles.

The Access to Justice programme provides support to key national institutions and in particular the Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST), the Supreme Court, the National Prosecution Authority, and the Rwanda National Police, to ensure access and delivery of justice for all, with special focus on the provision of legal aid to the most vulnerable groups including children, women and inmates.

The programme also aims at strengthening the capacity of national institutions including CSOs to comply with Rwanda’s reporting obligations and implementation of Treaty Body and UPR recommendations.

This programme contributes to peace consolidation through supporting community dialogue for unity and reconciliation and crime prevention.

Objectives



The Access to justice programme has the following objectives:

Strengthen the capacities of the Justice Sector institutions to ensure access and delivery of justice for all, with special focus on the provision of legal aid to the most vulnerable groups including children, women and inmates

Support the improvement of case management within the justice sector institutions especially through the establishment of an electronic integrated case management system which will help in tracking the incoming cases and the way they are processed

Strengthen the capacity of national institutions and in particular the NPPA to investigate and respond to international crimes

Improve the vertical and horizontal coordination of justice segments including monitoring and evaluation both at central and decentralized level.

Strengthen the capacity of national institutions namely the MINIJUST, National Commission on Human Rights, and Civil Society Organisations to comply with Rwanda’s reporting obligations and implementation of Treaty Body and UPR recommendations.

Strengthen of the capacities of the NURC and community actors to promote dialogue, undertake further research, mediation, unity and reconciliation processes at both central and local level including the strengthening of reconciliation forums.

Strengthen institutional capacity of the Rwanda National Police force to prevent, investigate and adequately respond to crime, particularly related to Gender Based Violence (GBV), domestic violence and violence against children

Expected outcomes

Promoting Access to Justice, Human and Peace Consolidation in Rwanda 2013-2018

Implementing Partners

Ministry of Justice,  National Commission for Human Rights , Rwanda National Police, National Unity and Reconciliation Commission

Who finances it?

UNDP, OHCHR, UNICEF: USD 715,000
UN Women: USD 330,000
One UN: USD 4,000,000

Total expenditure

 N/A

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