Government and civil society consult on access to justice for IDPs and returnees; recommend mobile courts and multi-service centres
A consultation with representatives of Iraq’s Government and civil society on Improving Access to Justice for Internally Displaced and Returnee Populations was organized on 4 December 2016, at Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies in Baghdad.
Funded by the Government of Japan and supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), thirteen participants identified priorities and practical ways to improve access to justice through legal aid in a post-liberation Iraq context.
UNDP Rule of Law Programme Manager, Ms. Chamila Hemmathagama, emphasized: “UNDP is here to listen and learn. Close consultation with national partners is a key approach to our efforts in addressing sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and the results speak for themselves.”
As the key note speaker, Legal Advisor of the Council of Ministers Secretariat (COMSEC) and Head of the Operations Office for UN Resolution 1325, Mr. Kasim al-Zameli, noted: “It is important to engage women in all efforts of recovery, whilst also working closely with local actors to develop local solutions.”
With these approaches in mind, participants identified the immediate needs of displaced people from Mosul and other liberated areas and outlined recommendations.
Participants largely agreed that government service providers, such as the police, courts, and social welfare actors, should work in or near internally displaced people (IDP) camp settings, to ensure responsiveness and build trust with these groups of population.