Mozambique


2017-2019


Strengthening Access to Justice in Mozambique (RAJUMOZ)


Presentation and objectives


The project "Strengthening Access to Justice in Mozambique" focused on supporting key institutions and civil society actors in order to promote greater accountability and citizen participation in collective processes aimed at improving the state's treatment of victims of serious human rights violations, including gender-based violence. It specifically targeted women, girls and other people in situations of vulnerability (PSVs).

More specifically, the project aimed to:

  • strengthen the skills of legal professionals in strategic litigation and legal aid/assistance through specialized training and the sharing of specific tools, which would encourage them to adopt new practices in the defence of the rights of women, girls and other PSVs;
  • increase citizen participation through technical support to civil society organizations (CSOs) for their active contribution to the conduct of a national dialogue on transitional justice that would explore whether and how this concept could meet the needs of victims of serious human rights violations caused by episodes of violence that have marked Mozambique's history.

Achivements


  • Capacity building for justice actors in strategic litigation encouraged changes in social, institutional and cultural attitudes towards human rights, including those of women, girls and other people in situations of vulnerability (PSVs);
  • legal professionals were better able to provide legal aid and assistance services tailored for women, girls and other PSVs;
  • women, girls and other PSVs, in particular victims of gender-based violence, actively participated in discussions on the opportunity to engage in a transitional justice approach, which made it possible to make concrete progress in advancing their rights and contribute to changing attitudes within the justice system and in society in general.

Local partners


Legal Aid Institute of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional and Religious Affairs of Mozambique (Instituto de Patrocínio e Assistência Jurídica (IPAJ)) Ministério da Justiça, Assuntos Constitucionais e Religiosos)

Mozambique Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados de Moçambique (OAM))

Assoçao mulher lei e desenvolvimiento (MULEIDE)

Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Higher Institute of International Relations of Mozambique (Centro de Estudos Estratégicos e Internacionais Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais; CEEI/ISRI))


Financial partner


Technical Assistance Fund, High Commission of Canada to Mozambique


2016-2017


Campagne pour l'accès à la justice


In November 2016 and January 2017, LWBC delegations travelled to Maputo, the country's capital, to assist a coalition of non-governmental organizations (human rights NGOs led by the Mozambican League for Human Rights) in developing an advocacy campaign to encourage the state to implement the recommendations addressed to it by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in the context of the January 2016 Universal Periodic Review. 

Although officially at peace since 1992, Mozambique was still facing serious governance problems, the impact of which affected the most modest segments of the population. There were few lawyers able to represent victims of serious human rights violations and they were concentrated in the capital alone. The training of legal professionals was deficient, particularly in the field of international human rights law, and largely unknown in the judiciary.

The main objective of the project was therefore to exchange and transmit to the Mozambican participants knowledge on international standards protecting the right to justice. At the end of this project, LWBC was able to establish links with various justice stakeholders, including the Bar Association (Ordem de Advogados de Moçambique) and the Judicial Training Centre (Centro de Formação Jurídica e Judiciária - CFJJ).

It is worth noting LWBC's contribution to the launch of a national dialogue on the relevance of transitional justice, the establishment of an action plan to govern Mozambican NGOs' advocacy efforts to strengthen access to justice and support for the capacity building of lawyers and other human rights defenders in the country.

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 Local partners


Mozambican League for Human Rights

Lutheran World Federation

JOINT – Liga de ONGs em Moçambique


Financial partner


High Commission of Canada to Mozambique - Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI)