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Justice sector crucial for Afghan society reform: EU envoy

Justice sector crucial for Afghan society reform: EU envoy

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Mar 28, 2011 - 19:00

transformation of Afghan societyinfo-icon, the European Union’s representative in Afghanistaninfo-icon, Vygaudas Usackas, said.

"The justice sector stands at a critical juncture in its crucial role for the stabilisation and transformation of Afghan society. Human rights, access to justice and rule of law all form a part of the route to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan," Usackas said in a statement issued from his office in Kabulinfo-icon on Monday.

The ambassador said good governance, including public administration reform, was a fundamental building block for sustainable economic development.

An Afghan-led National Priority Programme on justice as part of the follow-up to the Kabul Conference should identify a path toward lasting reform and strengthening of the justice sector, he said.

On Monday, Usackas addressed a seminar on human resource management development and challenges in the justice sector. It was organised by the EU and Adam Smith International together with the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice, including the Central Prisons Department and the Afghan Attorney General’s Office.

The development of an Afghan-owned and led National Priority Programme on justice must enable the donors to make appropriate contributions conducive to achieving government priorities. The EU hopes to remain a staunch supporter of Justice Sector Reform and Public Administration Reform, to ensure the timely delivery of justice and the legitimacy of the Afghan state, the statement said.

"This project also fits into the EU's wider effort to bolster the Afghan justice sector. It supports and complements the ARTF-Justice Sector Reform Project managed by the Worldinfo-icon Bank, to which the EU has made a substantial contribution of 10 million euros (640 million afghanis)," it said.

Under its envelope for support to the justice sector the EU also funds the United Nation Development Fund’s access to justice at district level for 5 million euros as well as having contributed 2 million euros, specifically for the salaries of uniformed prison staff.

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