Italy boosts Libya security and rule of law initiative with Euro 1.3 million

By Sami Zaptia.

London, 27 July 2020:

Italy has increased its contribution to the Policing and Security Joint Programme (PSJP) initiative in Libya by Euro 1.3 million, the UNDP reported last week.

The programme is implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), and in coordination with the Libya’s Tripoli-based Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior.

UNDP reported that since 2018, and with US$ 1,689,402 (Euro1,498,500) of funds, the Italy has been a supporter of the programme which aims at strengthening the capacity of rule of law institutions and advancing safety, security and access to justice in Libya.

The $1,464,863 (Euro 1,299,325) top up takes the overall total funds from Italy to $3,154,265 (Euro 2,797,825).

UNDP reported that the PSJP started in 2017 in Tripoli with the implementation of a pilot integrated case management and tracking system at the Prosecutor General’s Office to improve accountability and effectiveness of justice and security actors to deliver services in line with human rights standards. The model will be replicated across the entire country.

Other activities implemented by the programme are designed to develop a more community-oriented policing and people-centred rule of law services, as well as to reinforce mechanism for oversight and accountability in Libya.

During the signing ceremony last week, Italian Ambassador, Giuseppe Buccino, stated: “We are proud to announce the Italian contribution in supporting UNDP to work closely with Libyan Institutions for advancing security and the rule of law in all the country. The Security Joint Project (PSJP) reflects our priorities, to improve service delivery for the local population, through more effective and community-oriented policing and rule of law services. It is a clear and common thread of the main Italian initiatives promoted in the country, at all level, in coordination with Libyan Authorities.”

On his part, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Gerardo Noto, said: “Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve structural transformation for sustainable human development. This new contribution will allow improvements in justice and security services provided to the people in Libya, speed transparent processes that limit scope of detentions and human rights violations, and put in place a new integrated system that will transforms the way cases are managed and tracked across the criminal justice chain.”

Together with Italy, The United States of America, The Netherlands and Germany, are also supporting security, policing and rule of law in Libya through UNDP’s project.

Raising the capacities of the judiciary, the police, the prosecutors and prisons management in Libya, partners are contributing to the speedy dispensation of justice based on internationally accepted legal norms/procedures in Libya, UNDP reported.

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