UNODC COPAK takes over Implementation of Rule of Law Roadmap in Sindh

26 February 2019, Karachi, Pakistan. Given evolving consensus on the need for a systematic approach towards comprehensive rule of law reform, it is patent that none of the national imperatives of governance, development, or security are achievable in the absence of a well-functioning criminal justice system (CJS) and rule of law. Impetus for the Rule of Law Reform comes from the Constitution of Pakistan, the National Action Plan, the priorities of the Sindh Government, Pakistan's international obligations, National Judicial Policy, National Internal Security Policy, NACTA's Recommendations, and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. These instruments clearly and tightly linked to the rule of law and effectiveness of the criminal justice system to: a) peace, security, and stability; b) economic growth prosperity, and sustainable development; and c) protection of the fundamental rights and freedoms of individual citizens. The roadmap's approach is a departure from traditional reform interventions, to enable the inclusion and participation of all criminal justice actors - including civil society - in reaching consensus and prioritizing their needs in an effective manner.

GIZ has developed an instrumental Roadmap for Sindh.  Based on the successful engagement of UNODC in the development and implementation of the RoL Roadmap in Balochistan. UNODC was handed over the implementation of RoL Roadmap Sindh at a ceremony in Karachi in the presence of the  Home Secretary Sindh; DFID and GIZ representatives; and senior officials from all relevant stakeholders including the Offices of the Advocate General and Prosecutor General, the Law Department, the Police, Reclamation, and Probation Departments, Prisons, the High Court, and the Sindh Judicial Academy.

The Home Secretary on behalf of the Chief Secretary expressed appreciation for the contribution of GIZ-DFID in developing the Sindh RoL Roadmap, in collaboration with criminal justice institutional representatives, under the oversight and supervision of the Steering Committee chaired by the Home Secretary and the Judiciary Committee nominated by the Chief Justice. The Home Secretary also welcomed the technical support to be provided by UNODC in the next phase of implementation and establishment of the governance structure under the Roadmap. He emphasized that the real work had now begun to put this plan into action.

 DFID is currently supporting the Rule of Law Roadmaps in Balochistan and Sindh being implemented by UNODC COPAK.