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Access to justice

Inequality, discrimination and exclusion remain severe obstacles to universal human development. Poor people and marginalized groups may not be aware of their legal rights and often lack legal protection and access to mechanisms to remedy their grievances, resulting in increased vulnerability.

UNDP supports national partners to address security and justice through a human rights-based approach, to nurture public participation and trust, and to expand access to justice, especially for women, youth, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups and displaced communities. This includes advancing legal aid mechanisms and the use of mobile courts to resolve criminal and civil matters in hard-to-reach areas. UNDP engages in legal awareness programmes and works directly with justice and security institutions to address the needs of disadvantaged groups in accessing justice, from linguistic and geographic barriers to issues of systemic discrimination and marginalization.

As part of these efforts, UNDP works closely with UN partners, such as UNODC and UN Women, as well as other international organizations and civil society groups to promote legal aid and access to justice in all contexts.

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