In July 2019, over 30 paralegals from Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Somalia and Uganda as well as various community justice experts convened in Nairobi, Kenya to advocate for the critical role and contribution that paralegal support networks play in raising legal awareness and supporting access to justice for all in the East and Horn of Africa region.
The discussions revolved around the need to:
- recognize the role of paralegals in promoting access to justice in local communities;
- strengthen the capacity of existing paralegal support networks at both national and regional level
- promote the adoption of adequate policy and legislation, international best practices and practical approaches
- strengthen the linkages between formal and alternative justice systems in promoting equal access to justice.
In this summit, a declaration was adopted containing 10 resolutions to promote and enhance paralegals’ capacity to help the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in local communities to access justice. See the 10 resolutions below.
It is at this Paralegal Summit that delegates selected Legal Services Facility ( LSF) from Tanzania to lead in the implementation of the forum resolutions in the East and Horn of Africa region for the next 2 years.
See full report here.
East and Horn of Africa Paralegal Forum Technical Meeting, 27th - 29th November, 2019 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This strategy meeting focuses on how to implement the 10 resolutions made at the East and Horn of Africa Paralegal Summit. In this meeting paralegal support networks from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Puntland and South Sudan will be present. There are plans to expand the technical committee to include representation from Rwanda and Burundi.
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