Judiciary court system improved [Archives:2003/642/Local News]

June 19 2003

The reform of the justice sector is one of the key priorities identified in UNDP's second Country Cooperation Framework (CCF) for Yemen (2002-2006).
The Arab Human Development Report stated that “Legal system reform in the Arab countries needs to focus on ensuring that the law and associated administrative procedures guarantee citizens' right and are compatible with fundamental human rights, particularly the right to freedom of expression and freedom for association for all, under the aegis of a truly independent judiciary that impartially enforces the rule of law.
The key outcome that will emerge from UNDP's support to this area will be enhance access to justice for the citizenry through the improvement of procedures within the court system and strengthen application of fair and efficient administration of justice in Yemen.
The project will work in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice and other local, regional and international partners to improve access to justice through the establishment of two pilot courts in Sana'a and Aden with a view to create a model to be replicated in other parts of the country. The project will focus on building institutional and human resource capacity of the judicial sector, improving access to legal materials for those working in legal profession, increasing the legal and judicial awareness for the general public, and women and the poor in particular, and enhancing access of women and economically vulnerable groups to justice.
The project document was signed by, H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan, the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, H.E. Dr. Adnan Omar Al Gifri, Minister of Justice and Mr. James Rawley, UNDP Representative in Yemen.
Official from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation and the United Nations Development Program attended the signing ceremony.