Provision of legal aid (through direct legal representation) for prisoners incarcerated at Peshawar Central Jail

DONOR: Aitebaar, Pakistan

BACKGROUND:

Poor governance and lack of access to security and justice in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are undermining political stability in Pakistan and hindering progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

DFID’s 2011 Country Governance Analysis identifies declining governance indicators, including access to justice, as drivers of instability and underdevelopment in Pakistan, but notably in KP and FATA.

Since the Government of Pakistan (GOP) completed its Post-Crisis Needs Assessment – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Federally Administered Tribal Areas (PCNA) in 2010, Pakistan has remained in a state of crisis. The crisis drivers identified by the PCNA include a systemic failure to protect basic rights, a lack of accountability of the administrative system, minimal avenues for participation of civil society in public affairs and substantial weaknesses in governance and rule of law that created space for militants to claim to deliver speedier justice. There is a fundamental lack of trust in the capacity of existing institutions to deliver services fairly and address needs.  Corruption is a further driver of the crisis.

OVERALL GOAL:

Peace building Support to the PCNA Pakistan (PSP) aims to implement the PCNA in order to improve trust in the state to help counter support for militancy. The programme will improve security, justice and governance service provision and enable citizens to exercise their rights. The PSP aims to lead to increased stability and therefore more progress towards the MDGs.

Specific Objectives:

1) Strengthens service delivery through institutional development

2) Enables citizens to engage with the state and articulate their demands through legal empowerment and improved communication channels.

3) Supports local community led security and justice provision to increase access

4) Uses communication to improve relations between people and the state, but also to put pressure on the state to be accountable and transparent.

Direct Beneficiaries

Progress Indicators

Year 2015

No. of cases identified as per criteria

348

No. of cases recommended by DOST lawyers

215

No. of cases approved by Aitebaar

140

No. of successful cases (bail and release)

120