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US provides $4.7 million for improving Afghan legal system

US provides $4.7 million for improving Afghan legal system

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Feb 24, 2011 - 12:47

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The United States has announced a $4.7 million (212.3 million afghanis) grant to help develop the legal system in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

The money would be provided by the bureau for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs through Global Rights,  an international human rights capacity-building organization, the State Department said.

The programme is designed to help strengthen the practical skills of future legal and human rights defenders in Afghanistan and increase access to justice for family law clients, it said.

Key components of the project include the Young Lawyers in Training Programme, Legal Fellowship Programme, Legal Advice Bureau and a Family Law educationinfo-icon course.

Under the Young Lawyers in Training Programme, fourth year law students at Law and Shariha faculties will receive targeted human and womeninfo-icon’s rights training at Nangarhar, Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif universities.

Under the Legal Fellowship Programme, year-long paid fellowships will be awarded to graduates of the Young Lawyers in Training Programme to assist local civil societyinfo-icon organisations and select Afghan government offices dealing with human and women’s rights.

Legal Advice Bureaus will be established to provide assistance to clients trying to access the formal judicial system at Family Courts in Kabulinfo-icon, Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat and Nangahar provinces. Finally a pilot Family Law Course will be established to provide practical training opportunities for Law and Shariha students at Mazar-i-Sharif, Herat and Al-Biruni universities.

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