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Rule of Law and Access to Justice

LRF used laws to protect and empower marginalized and poor communities around Pakistan to seek quick responses and remedies from injustice.

“The protection and promotion of the universal values of the rule of law, human rights and democracy are in themselves. They are also essential for a world of justice, opportunity and stability” United Nations Secretary-General (A/59/2005).

LRF strongly believes that rule of law is the foundation of justice, peace and security. LRF used laws to protect and empower marginalized and poor communities around Pakistan to seek quick responses and remedies from injustice. All institutions of rule of law are bound to ensure effective and speedy provision of access to justice and security services to all.

LRF assists and monitor the judicial system to improve its independence, efficiency, respect for fundamental fair trial rights and ability to meet internationally recognized standards. It promotes efficient, responsive, accessible, free and fair justice system in Pakistan as a pillar of democratic governance. LRF also believes in advance capacity of justice sectors stakeholders including civil society and local communities not only to address gaps and inefficiencies but also propose suggestion for the improvement of justice sector.

LRF is addressing serious challenges in the justice sector such as inhumane prison conditions, judicial lockup, lengthy pre-during-trial, illegal detention and long trials in civil matters.

Together, strengthening the rule of law, improving access to justice, legal empowerment of the poor, promoting informal justice system, human and labour rights.

Under the Rule of Law and Access to Justice Programme; LRF contribute to the enabling environment for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal No. 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all level. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg16. LRF also work on the promotion of UN Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Pakistan http://legalempowerment.undp.org/.

Public Interest Litigation

The LRF recently started Public Interest Litigation is amid to ensuring access to justice for the victims of discriminations, strengthening the rule of law, helps in securing civil liberties, reforming the law, holding governments to accountable, raising awareness and accelerates the pace of realization of the Constitutional objectives and international commitments.

We work with fellows lawyers, partners, law chambers to pursue and filling strategic PIL in Supreme Courts and High Courts in Pakistan. LRF also provide technical assistance to the fellows, lawyers with planned equality and focusing non-discrimination cases.

Providing legal services

Providing legal services to the poor and most marginalized communities though District Legal Aid Centers .
LRF provide pro-bono legal assistance in the court cases and out of the courts to the poor and most marginalized local communities through established model District Legal Aid Centers and rolling them out their fellows lawyers chambers, independent lawyers and partners nationwide.

Till June 30, 2016 LRF had provided pro-bono legal assistance to 5321 survivor of gender base violence, person with disabilities, minorities, women inheritance land issues, family matter, juveniles including civil and criminal courts cases. LRF had also provided telephonic, face to face counseling and facilitating victims to access law enforcement agencies. Therefore referral were made to relevant state institutions and others such as National Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Federal Ministry of Law and Human Rights Sindh Region, Sindh Human Rights Commission, Jails, Darul Amans, Hospitals, Private Shelter Homes, District Legal Empowerment Committees and Civil Society Organizations.

Legal rights awareness

Legal rights awareness through information education communication material and Radio Programs
LRF had aware and educate till June 30, 2016 more than 500,000 children, women, youth of colleges, universities, individuals, most marginalized communities on their fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution of Pakistan and international treaties and Convention ratified by Government of Pakistan such as UNDHR, UNCRC, ICCPR, CEDAW and UNCRPD.

Mobile Legal Aid Clinics

LRF District Legal Aid Centers had also temporary setup of Mobile Legal Aid Clinics at Union Council level to providing legal advices to claims their rights and legal assistance on social protection and civic education to the local communities such as birth, death, marriages registration, computerizes national identity cards, voter registration and disabilities registration etc.