Argentine Commission set to partner African Judges
March 28, 2016
Argentine human rights commission, Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIDPH), has kicked off a programme designed to promote justice delivery in select African countries. The judiciary and other justice operators in Angola, Congo, Morocco and Cameroon will be the first set of beneficiaries of a high-impact capacity-building programme aimed at expanding ‘Access to Justice’ across Africa. The CIPDH is the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights
In March 2016 an international meeting on Access to Justice opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with participants including different cadres of officials and authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Cameroon and the Kingdom of Morocco. Tagged “Access to Justice: Different Approaches to Public Policy and Institutional Devices,” the meeting was an exchange programme co-organized by CIPDH, UNESCO and the Public Defense Office of the Argentine Republic.
According to the CIPDH director, Ms. Adriana Arce, the meeting focused on promoting the creation of a space that allows the exchange of experiences on ‘Access to Justice’ in different countries, analysing success or failures in each case and establishing good practices. She added that the goal of expanding the justice frontier in Africa was “in line with our South-South cooperation work.” The South–South cooperation is a broad framework for collaboration among countries of Latin America and Africa. The cooperation centres on political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical development.
Participants from the two continents shared experiences from their various countries with the resounding themes being crimes against humanity, institutional violence, protection to refugees, violence against women and alternative settlement of conflicts.
Speakers included Federico Villegas Beltran, President of the Board of Directors of the CIPDH; Stella Maris Martinez, Esq. the Attorney General; Leonardo Szuchet, Esq., Executive Secretary of the Argentine Human Rights Commission; Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, Esq., Deputy Secretary of ‘Access to Justice’ in Argentine’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, amongst others.
Delegates from Africa were taken on a tour of the Pavilion of Women and Crimes Against Humanity in the Federal Penitentiary Compound I Ezeiza, as well as a visit to ATAJO, the Territorial Agency of Access to Justice. The exchange programme ended after setting a cooperation agenda between the organising institutions and the participant countries.