Norway to provide USD 4.54 million for a new rule of law and human rights programme
Norway to provide USD 4.054 million for a new rule of law and human rights programme; the programme seeks to increase access to justice for thousands of vulnerable and poor people in Nepal and increase the rate of implementation of court judgments to 50 percent.
Kathmandu, 12 September 2013 — The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have reached an agreement to implement a programme supporting the Supreme Court of Nepal and the Ministry of Law and Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs in minimising impunity and protection and promotion of access to justice for thousands of poor and vulnerable people in Nepal.
An agreement to implement the Strengthening Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme (ROLHR) was signed today by Royal Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Alf Arne Ramslien and UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda, amid a ceremony at the Supreme Court of Nepal in the presence of Honorable Justice Kalyan Shrestha and senior Court officials.
“The effective implementation of this programme will be critical in enhancing justice delivery system through case management and strengthening justice sector coordination among rule of law institutions in Nepal,” said Justice Shrestha. “In addition, I expect this programme to make substantive difference in enhancing the court-client relation through improved service delivery.”
Under the terms of the agreement Norway will provide USD 4.054 million (Norwegian Kroner 24 million) to support the USD 26 million programme which will run for the next five years.
Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Alf Arne Ramslien said that the programme will significantly contribute to improve Rule of Law and Human Rights situation in Nepal—hailing the national ownership and partnership among government agencies and development partners.
“The start of this ambitious Rule of Law sector programme is a great example of country ownership as well as harmonization both among the development partners and government agencies,” said Mr. Ramslien.
UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda expressed her happiness to be part of the Supreme Court-led programme and thanked the Norwegian Ambassador for his support. “This is a nationally led and implemented programme under the leadership of the Supreme Court of Nepal and we are happy to be part of it,” said Ms. Noda.
Besides pursuing considerable policy reforms, the programme aims to increase the rate of implementation of court judgments to 50 percent from nearly 15 percent at present. The programme will provide socio-legal aid services 20,000 women and vulnerable individuals, train 2000 court officials, prosecutors and lawyers and establish secretariat for justice sector coordination committee in at least 15 districts. The programme was developed following wider consultations at local, national and international level.