Friday, May 29, 2009

SSR and Justice Reform in Francophone Africa

The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) with the support of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) are organizing a seminar for experts on "the specificities and challenges of security and justice sector reform in Francophone Africa". The seminar will be held from 28 to 29 May 2009 at Hotel IBIS in Lomé.

About thirty experts from academia, parliamentarians, the judiciary, and defense and security forces will participate in this seminar. The main objective of this seminar is to promote democratic governance of the security sector and to encourage the emergence of an approach to Security Sector Reform that is more sensitive to the particularities of Francophone institutional and legal environments. This entails: identifying and developing specificities of security and justice system of Francophone Africa so as to foster an approach of SSR based on a thorough knowledge of the local context;

- identifying SSR programes that suit the Francophone institutional and legal systems;

identifying areas of reforms that could contribute to the democratic governance of security sector in accordance with the rule of law and human rights;

- Pushing for the observation of democratic practices undertaken by the delegation for Peace, Democracy and Human Right of the international organization of the Francophonie (DPDHR/IOR).

The main tangible outcome of this seminar will be the publication of an expert document on the institutional, organizational and procedural specificities of the security and justice apparatus in Francophone Africa.

Source: UNREC

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