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Other Projects

Afghanistan

The Afghanistan project was developed in collaboration with LWB France (LWBF) from 2003 to 2005. The objective of the Afghanistan project was to revive the legal profession after years of civil war and Taliban rule which almost annihilated the justice system, the judiciary and the legal profession.

LWBC worked notably with the Minister of Justice in drafting a Code of Ethics and on a project to create a national bar association. A series of training sessions on human rights issues was also planned for the legal community.

During their missions, the LWBC teams met with various actors involved in the country's national justice system, including the Minister on Women's Issues, representatives of the Judicial Reform Commission, of the Association of Jurists and of the Independent Human Rights Commission.

The Afghanistan project was terminated before the expiration of its term due to security reasons.

Nigeria

The Nigeria project was developed and carried out between the years of 2003 and 2008 in collaboration with LWB France (LWBF).

Since 2003 the project was successful in that LWBC and LWB France supported Nigerian defence lawyers in obtaining the acquittal of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian women sentenced to death by stoning for having a child outside of marriage. This achievement, which received a widespread media coverage, has notably contributed to a decrease in seeking indictments with cruel punishments attached in the northern states of Nigeria.

The first objective of the Nigeria project was to support the defense of Nigerian individuals sentenced to cruel punishments by the Islamic tribunals. The project was a success; LWBC and LWBF supported Nigerian defence lawyers in obtaining the acquittal of Amina Lawal, a Nigerian women sentenced to death by stoning for having a child outside of marriage. This achievement received widespread media coverage and has notably contributed to a decrease in seeking indictments with cruel punishments attached in the northern states of Nigeria.

LWBC and LWBF then turned its focus towards the long term detention of individuals who were incarcerated without access to a lawyers, who were often either yet to be charged with a crime or yet to appear before a judge. Unfortunately, it is common practice in Nigeria that some of the country’s poorest individuals are arrested without any access to a lawyer, without formal charge or appearance before a judge and without any adherence whatsoever to their fundamental human rights whilst imprisoned. In fighting this current state of affairs, the teams of LWBC and LWB France assisted Nigerian lawyers in their efforts to put an end to situations of abusive detention and violations of the fundamental rights of detainees within the state prisons of Abuja, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Kaduna.

The two organizations also reinforced the capacity of justice sector stakeholders in the penitentiary; judicial and police sectors; and of lawyers – prosecutors as well as defence – through the use of workshops and round tables. LWBC and LWB France also organized training sessions for Legal Aid lawyers with a series of lectures and round table sessions with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria.

Finally, the volunteers of LWBC and LWBF have put in place pilot projects in the states of Bauchi and Nasarawa so as to assure coordination and better communication between justice sector stakeholders.
 

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