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Sudan planning on legal aid support mechanism for Sudanese abroad and within

The Ministry of Justice in Sudan said that many Sudanese abroad need a support mechanism that provides them legal aid for their various cases.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

The government in Sudan is preparing to establish a national system that provides legal aid to citizens inside and outside the country.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice, Siham Othman, regarded the importance of legal aid and its link to human rights and support for the insolvent and the legally vulnerable segments of society.

Osman noted that many of those segments are in need of legal support, especially those who reside in poor countries such as Sudan.

During the roundtable discussions to establish a comprehensive national system for legal aid, Siham said, on Wednesday, that preparation for the draft legal aid law began years ago.

The undersecretary then however clarified that the law had then yet to be put in line for issuing.

She emphasized on the need to find the best chance to discuss and hold wide consultations regarding a law that would meet the aspirations and need expected of legal aid inside and outside Sudan.

Siham also indicated that the legal aid could also be extended to non-Sudanese nationals residing within Sudan as well.

For her part, the General Counsel of the Legal Aid Department at the Ministry of Justice, Howaida Ali, called on the Sudanese embassies and the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct reciprocity in providing legal aid to Sudanese abroad.

Ali also called on international organizations to help cover needs by deploying legal aid offices in all localities in Sudan, especially ones where the human trafficking, crimes against displaced persons and refugees, are abound.

Participants in the roundtable discussion unanimously agreed that a well-developed criminal justice system requires a comprehensive, collaborative national legal aid system.

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