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Afghan judicial body joins forces with UN agency to promote legal reform

The Afghan Judicial Reform Commission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday signed a two-year project on Rebuilding the Justice System of Afghanistan. According to a spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), this is the first major step towards judicial reform since the creation of the Commission.Spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said in Kabul that the first part of the project will be reconstructing and equipping the courthouses across the country; training judges and other law offices; increasing the capacity of the administration of justice system, and organizing seminars and training for the staff of the justice system. “Particular attention will be given to ensure gender equity and a firmer role for women through the judicial system,” Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.Strengthening the teaching and research capacity of Kabul University’s Faculty of Law and Sharia will also be part of the initial stage of judicial reform. A legal research institute will be established within the University and the library will be upgraded.The spokesman said that the Judicial Reform Commission would be directly responsible for the full implementation of all elements of the programme. Representatives of the Commission, UNAMA and UNDP, as well as the Italian Embassy – charged with guiding judicial reform efforts last year by the Afghan Administration – will make up the project’s steering committee, and have a primary role in raising and managing the funds for the reform. The announcement of the joint project follows the international conference on Reform of the Afghan Justice System held in Rome last December. Conference participants pledged some $30 million and declared their commitment to help the Afghan Administration and the Commission restore the country’s judicial system and the rule of law. read more

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Trump on Sessions I dont have an attorney general

President Donald Trump(BBC) US President Donald Trump has said he does not “have an attorney general” in his fiercest attack yet on Jeff Sessions.In an interview with Hill.TV, Mr Trump renewed criticism of Mr Sessions’ decision to step aside from the inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.He also said he was unhappy with Mr Sessions’ response to immigration.The attorney general is yet to respond to Mr Trump’s comments.It is unusual for a sitting president to attack their attorney general and critics accuse Mr Trump of trying to meddle in the legal system.After the president criticised Mr Sessions last month, two key Republican senators signalled that they would support Mr Trump if he were to fire Mr Sessions after the November mid-term elections.However, other Republicans told Politico they thought this would be a bad move and said they were standing by the attorney general.Mr Sessions has pushed back against previous criticism by Mr Trump. “While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations,” he said in August.“I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action.”Mr Sessions was an early supporter of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign.But he left the Russia investigation – which is reportedly looking into whether Mr Trump attempted to obstruct justice – in 2017, citing a potential conflict of interest, and handed control to his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.The president insists there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and denies he has attempted to obstruct justice.What has Mr Trump said this time?“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Mr Trump said during Tuesday’s interview.He added that he was “very disappointed” about Mr Sessions’ decision to leave the investigation.Asked whether he would consider firing Mr Sessions, the president responded: “We’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that.“And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did [in recusing himself from the Russia investigation].”Mr Trump also told Hill.TV that he was “not happy” with Mr Sessions on immigration and other issues, and said the attorney general had performed “very poorly” during the nomination process for the post.“I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers,” he said.“Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFBI chief sacking: Trump warns Comey over leaks to mediaMay 12, 2017In “World”Trump presidency ‘dangerous’, says UN rights chiefOctober 12, 2016In “latest news”Trump to end protections for young C’bean immigrant ‘Dreamers’September 4, 2017In “World” read more