Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme
Since 2014 ILAC has been improving access to justice for all to help build sustainable peace across MENA with 6 member organisations. Presently, ILAC has completed 4 projects and are continuing with 3 through a bridging period as we assess the impact of our work and design new and ongoing initiatives.
Many countries in MENA are fragile, characterised by unresponsive and weak justice sector institutions leading to over 400 million people that now live under political stagnation, authoritarian rule, recurrent conflict, corrupt economies, and without the Rule of Law.
Compounding regional concerns for Rule of Law and respect for human rights are the civil wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq that have forced millions to leave their homes, driving the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Most displaced people fled to already political and/or economic fragile countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia. The turmoil set the region´s development years back, reinforcing gender inequalities.
Attempts by authoritarian regimes to marginalise and co-opt the justice system damage the protection of human rights. Access to justice for all is still not a reality in most of MENA.
Working to Create Accountable Institutions and Sustainable Peace
The challenges to implementing and respecting the Rule of Law are so immense in MENA that educating men, women and children about their rights is not enough. A well-functioning justice system is crucial to the legal empowerment of the poor, the fight against corruption and gender equality. Strong rule of law institutions are the backbone of equal access to justice and respect for human rights, and are key to achieving sustainable peace and economic stability. We work with justice sector institutions throughout MENA to promote access to justice and respect for human rights, complementing grassroots efforts. Our support contributes to improvements of policies, practices and services to the people.