Kickoff of the Support Project for Democracy and Social Cohesion in Mauritania
The kickoff ceremony of the Support Project for Democracy and Social Cohesion in Mauritania (PADCS), took place in Nouadhibou on Monday, January 22nd. The PADCS is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and implemented by JCI.
The ceremony gathered around Minister of Justice M. Dia Moctar Malal, numerous local administrative and judicial authorities, as well as the First Counsellor of the EU Delegation in Mauritania, representatives of AFD (Nouakchott, Dakar and Paris offices), the cooperation and cultural action Counsellor at the French Embassy in Mauritania, and JCI, represented by its Director Nicole Cochet, the project team leader and her pair worker at the MJ in Mauritania.
One of the first activities of the PADCS was also held in parallel to this event, namely a seminar on the legislative reforms adopted in the country in 2015. For 5 days, some 30 judges and court clerks from Nouadhibou and the surrounding areas were trained and exchanged views on the legal and judicial treatment of slavery and torture, on the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture and on access to justice through legal aid.
The PADCS relied on financial and logistical support of the European project “Rule of Law” to set up the seminar and reach a wider audience. This close and effective collaboration will be continued in the framework of other training sessions scheduled for March and April in the cities of Kiffa and Aleg.
With a budget of 800,000 euros over 24 months financed by AFD, the PADCS aims to help strengthening the rule of law and the relationship between the judiciary and the individual in Mauritania. To do so, the project team will work on:
- Improving the management and training of court staff;
- Ensuring a fair trial in criminal matters;
- Facilitating the development of a prison policy that will focus on the reintegration of prisoners and the improvement of detention conditions;
- Supporting lawyers and civil society in the performance of their duties.
See the press release of the Mauritanian Ministry of Justice: http://www.justice.gov.mr/spip.php?article192