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The United Nations Development Programme South Sudan (UNDP) Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project aims to contribute to national priorities as articulated in the South Sudan Development Plan (SSDP) Conflict Prevention & Security Pillar. The specific Rule of Law Sector Objective is “to strengthen the Rule of Law in South Sudan by enforcing and maintaining law and order, providing equitable access to justice and a functioning criminal justice system, increasing security in communities, and promoting and protecting human rights for all.” UNDP’s strategy in promoting rule of law is twofold. First, providing support to the priorities of the rule of law institutions (Judiciary, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Police and Prisons) as articulated in their institutional Strategic and/or Action plans. Second, promoting access to justice by linking the rule of law institutions with community and civil society initiatives.
UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project provides linkages between justice providers and communities through various activities including awareness raising on human rights, constitutional protection, gender-based violence and access to legal redress; advocacy on legal and policy reform; and support to legal aid initiatives and capacity building of civil society. This includes providing support to survivors of gender-based violence. The support includes: providing legal representation for survivors of gender-based violence; providing legal advice/counselling to survivors of gender-based violence and providing transportation to survivors of gender-based violence to attend court sessions through a Justice and Confidence Center (JCC).
The JCCs are facilities established by NGOs/CSOs/CBOs in South Sudan to provide a variety of information and legal services to clients including the provision of legal representation, legal advice, mediation
and legal services to clients including the provision of legal representation, legal advice, mediation.