From 8 to 22 February, 2015, ISISC will host two training seminars in the framework of the “Technical Assistance Activities in support of the Egyptian Justice Sector: Training Activities on Human Rights” project, funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The two seminars will address respectively a delegation of 42 Egyptian judges and prosecutors, and a delegation of 20 police officers.
This 3-year project aims to strengthen the rule of law, human rights and the effective and efficient functioning of the Egyptian Justice Sector. This project’s overall objective is to lay the foundation for establishing a professional culture throughout the Egyptian Justice Sector for the respect for human rights. In this way, ISISC hopes to facilitate a shift whereby the Justice Sector becomes a proponent of human rights. To do so, each professional segment of the Justice Sector (Judges, Prosecutors and Police Officers) must be instructed with an understanding of human rights and their role as protector of human rights. The program will pursue the following objectives: to develop training materials and curricula for Egyptian police officers, prosecutors and judges on issues of human rights; to enhance the skills of Egyptian police officers, prosecutors and judges in substantive and practical applications of human rights law; to foster an effective and self-sustaining program whereby new trained trainers can disseminate the information they have acquired and administer national trainings independently and in the long-term; to provide a list of experts in the field of human rights to provide advice to legislative offices; to enhance the skills of staff involved in drafting, amending and reviewing legislation in promoting and respecting human rights; to monitor the implementation of human rights law, particularly with respect to the rights of women and minorities, in Egyptian courts.
Within the framework of the project, official cooperation agreements were signed with the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Prosecutor-General and the National Center for Judicial Studies.