At a ceremony on 30 November, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem (Navi) Pillay was given the Stockholm Human Rights Award 2010 for her life-long service to the rule of law and human rights and for her role in the development of groundbreaking jurisprudence on rape as genocide.
The Stockholm Human Rights Award is a joint initiative by The International Bar Association (IBA), the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and the Swedish Bar Association. It was initiated in 2009, and the first recipient of the award was the South African judge Richard Goldstone.
Ms Pillay delivered a lecture with the title Human Rights at work: A view from OHCHR Shopfloor.
ILAC has sponsored the training of four Liberians as court reporters for the Liberian courts of records. The current process of making verbatim record in these courts is both slow and inaccurate. With funding from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ILAC has been assisting in organising this pilot project initiated by the Judicial Institute in Monrovia. Two of the first educated court reporters will work in the Gender Based Violence Court in Monrovia. We hope that this project will improve the speed, efficiency and transparency of justice in Liberia.
See information about the project below:
The report documents a pressing need for judicial reform. Public confidence in the judicial system has virtually collapsed. A lack of independence in the judiciary, corruption, delays in court processes, and the costs associated with using the court system, have all served to perpetuate a widely held belief among ordinary Kenyans that formal justice is only available to an elite few.
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in conjunction with ILAC issued the report on the 15th of February 2010. It is entitled Restoring integrity: An assessment of the needs of the justice system in the Republic of Kenya.
As a follow-up to the report, ILAC and IBAHRI held a debate on Kenya´s draft constitution and its potential impact on reducing future electoral conflict on Monday 19 April at the Bar Council for England and Wales in London. The debate, entitled On the edge: Kenya´s struggle for democratic reform, focussed on the recently passed new draft constitution, the subject of a referendum prior to 2 July 2010 as part of Kenya´s efforts to reform.
ILAC/IBA Mission to
Democratic Republic of Congo
ILAC and the International Bar Association sent a joint team of experts to the Democratic Republic of Congo 5-18 February 2009, for an assessment of the judicial system. The mission visited the capital Kinshasa as well as the city of Kisangani in the nort-east and Lubumbashi in the south. The ILAC/IBA experts met with a wide range of representatives from the government, the military, the UN, the diplomatic community and civil society. Funding for the mission was provided by the Swedish government and the Open Society Institute.