The Civil Society Network in the Justice sector Reform Strategy Kenema District with support from JSDP and the Department for International Development (DFID) have ended a day learning platform with stakeholders on Justice related issues at the three Ks guest house in Kenema city.
In his welcome address the Secretary General of the civil society network on Justice Sector Reform Strategy Edward Kai said the forum will help raise awareness and further guide civil society members in the monitoring of justice issues, advocate and advise on legal issues through learning in the district.
He encourages participants of the learning forum to treat the issue of justice very seriously,
Adding that the denial of Justice should be considered as a serious human rights violation in the district.
Giving a brief background of the Justice Sector Development Program (JSDP) intervention in Kenema district, Mr. Lahai Galiwa the focal person of the Civil Society Network on Justice Sector Reform Strategy in Kenema district disclosed that JSDP is the initiative of the government of Sierra Leone in order to prioritize Justice Delivery mechanism in the country.Galiwa said Civil Society Network for the implementation of Justice Demand side support is to ensure that Justice is properly dispensed in the Justice sector.
The program was launched in February 2008 by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in order to strengthen civil society and improve on the cooperation of Justice System in Sierra Leone.
Representing the Paramount chief’s representative at the forum underscore the important of the program adding it will provide them a broad base knowledge on the dispensation of Justice especially in their chiefdoms.
He thanked the organizers of the program and assured them that the acquired knowledge will be disseminated in their chiefdoms in the interest of equitable dispensation of proper justice which he confessed that has been lacking among all in recent times in Sierra Leone.