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UN State Liaison Functions conduct workshop on justice delivery for victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in West Darfur

Photo by Jalaleldin Abdelrhman, UNAMID.

UN State Liaison Functions (SLFs) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in West Darfur in collaboration with the Judiciary headquarters in West Darfur State conducted a three-day training on “Justice delivery for victims of SGBV” for judges in El Geneina.

The training, held throughout 22-24 July 2019, was attended by 25 participants (20 male and 5 female) representing judges, military legal advisory, prosecutors, legal advisors, lawyers, police investigators and social workers.

The topics of the training workshop included: An introduction to international human rights law with focus on women and children protection, Women Protection under Sudan criminal Justice system, Experience of general prosecutor and Special Court for Darfur Crimes on SGBV/Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) incidents, Fair trial standards on SGBV cases and the role of judges, Prosecutors and lawyers to protect human rights and promote rule of law.

During their discussions, the participants highlighted the challenges they face including interventions of traditional justice system to deal with serious crimes such as rape and other grave violations of human rights that negatively affects justice delivery to the victims and lack of community awareness on SGBV incident related to children in particular and its impact to life of the victims. Additionally, lack of legal aid services is the main challenges for victim’s remedy because most of lawyers does not believe on legal aid as one of the principles of law firm.

Representative of UNSLFs and UNFPA team leader Dr. Mohamed Abdulkrim commended the partnership between UNSLFs and Judiciary of West Darfur particularly in issues related Human Rights and Rule of law.

In his closing remarks, Chief Judiciary of West Darfur, Mr. Ali Hamid expressed appreciation to UNSLFs for organizing the training and other capacity-building support provided to the judges and emphasized the importance of such training in achieving justice for all victims.

 He congratulated the participants on their successful completion of the training and urged them to use the knowledge and skills acquired in their daily work.