RULE OF LAW POLICY DIALOGUE MEETING
Dushanbe, Tajikistan February 25, 2014. The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan has organized the 2nd Rule of Law Policy Dialogue meeting to discuss the achievements of Judicial and Legal Reform Programme in Tajikistan for 2011 – 2013. The meeting was held under Access to Justice in Tajikistan project implemented by UNDP in consortium with INGO Helvetas and financed by Swiss Cooperation Office
The Rule of Law and Access to Justice Policy Dialogue is initiated to discuss and identify the most pressing issues, set the priorities and agree on solutions to advance rule of law and access to justice in Tajikistan. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Justice under the leadership of His Excellency Minister of Justice, Mr. Mengliev R. This high level meeting was attended by the state Institutions and CSOs dealing with Rule of Law issues, namely the Minister of Justice, Head of Supreme Court, First Deputy of Constitutional Court, Head of Supreme Economic Court, First Deputy of General Prosecutor, Head of Strategic Research Center under the President of RT, Ombudsman of RT, Head of Legal Department of the Executive office of the President of RT, Head of Council of Justice and Deputy of Legislature Center under the President of Tajikistan, as well as by local NGOs, namely Bureau for Human Rights and Center for Legal Education. , Swiss Cooperation office as the main donor, and also UNDP and Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation as implementing partners of the ‘Access to Justice in Tajikistan Project’ have also attended the meeting.
The meeting involved discussion of the main achievements and implementation challenges of the Judicial and Legal Reform Programme. The meeting also included presentation and substantive discussions on the key findings of the assessment of the Judicial and Legal Reform Programme and presentation of the State vision on designing the model for establishment of State Guaranteed Legal Aid for poor and marginalized which was followed by discussions and submission of NGOs - Legal Aid Providers’ Position Paper on ongoing Legal Aid Reforms to the Ministry of Justice.
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