Human rights training for magistrates

An inaugural workshop for magistrates on human rights is currently underway in Port Moresby.

The two-day workshop will address short comings in the way the lower judiciary carries out its duty in terms of enforcing human rights.

Speaking at the opening, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia says the workshop will enable those in enforcement agencies, like the courts, equip themselves with special skills so they perform to the best standard in enforcing human rights.

The workshop will cover where human rights fits into the work of the courts, particularly in assisting magistrates deal with cases in the district courts and how the courts can increase access to justice, especially for disadvantaged groups.

A human rights toolkit that was recently developed will be workshopped to assist magistrates in their decision making.

Workshop facilitator and Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative Human Rights Advisor, Dr Carolyn Graydon, says the legal framework exists in the country however, the challenge is in its implementation in order to deliver quality justice.

(Participants of the workshop today) 

Sally Pokiton