Action for Better Prison Conditions and Access to Justice (ABPCAJ) is a project currently being supported by OSISA and the OSF Human Rights Initiative. The overall aim is to increase the number of people in targeted communities around five of the eleven dioceses for which Caritas Zambia is responsible namely: Kabwe, Lusaka, Mazabuka, Mongu and Livingstone, who are able to access justice and claim their rights, with a specific emphasis on pre-trial detainees. This proposal seeks support to continue the paralegal activities that the project is currently implementing as well as provide new strategies for scaling up some of the key capacity building initiatives and activities already being implemented.
The overall goal is to will strengthen the work undertaken in 2012/2013 to provide quality legal aid, advice and assistance detainees and their families.
- To improve performance and quality of programme delivery at Caritas Zambia and at the targeted paralegal desks;
- Support Caritas Zambia paralegals to participate in local Court Users Committee and PAN meetings, to improve collaboration and networking among service providers;
- Raise awareness in communities living in the targeted areas on criminal justice and conditions of prisons and their obligations in this regard;
- Contribute to the number of remandees in the selected prisons and police stations in Kabwe, Mazabuka, Livingstone, Mongu and Lusaka who are able to access justice and claim their rights; and
- Contribute to a process of domestication of international and regional human rights instruments with a focus on criminal justice.