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MOU Signing ceremony With Federal and Regional Supreme Courts of Ethiopia to Facilitate Support for Clearance of Backlog Files

JFA-PFE in  in collaboration with   The  Royal Embassy of   The Netherlands  and  The Royal Embassy of  Norway  has  facilitated  financial support  for  clearance of  backlog  files  during  the   Ethiopian summer (August and  September). On August 14, 2015, memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Justice For All-PFE and five   supreme courts at Federal Supreme Court. The participating courts were, Federal Supreme Court, Oromia Supreme Court, Amhara Supreme Court, Tigray Supreme Court, and SNNP Supreme Court.

The event was graced by the presence of Norwegian and Netherlands Ambassadors to Ethiopia H.E. Ambassador Andreas Gaarder and H.E. Ambassador Lidi Remmelzwaal respectively. In his keynote address Ambassador Garrder affirmed that “Norway and Ethiopia has a long standing and close relationship. The support to the Ethiopian justice sector is a corner stone in our broader field of cooperation and engagement with in governance and human rights…. It is therefore a pleasure to be here today to mark the successful clearance of large number of case backlog within federal and regional courts’’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador  Rimmelzwaal has  also reiterated in her  keynote address that ‘‘the Netherlands is proud to be a long-standing partner of the Ethiopian government, not only through strong economic and trade relations, especially in the agribusiness sector, but also through our development programs, of which the strengthening of Rule of Law is a vital part. The Human Rights Protection and Justice Service Delivery Project of Justice for All is an important element of our support to improving the Rule of Law in Ethiopia.  Today we are here for the component of this program that aims to improve the case-clearance rate of the Federal Court and the Regional Courts. I am pleased that we are able to contribute to help solve this challenging problem in the court system that is affecting the suspects; rights by creating lengthy trial delays.’’

H.E. Ato Tegene Getaneh, President of Federal Supreme Court, with H.E. Ambassador Andreas Gaarder, H.E. Ambassador Lidi Remmelzwaal, P/r Daniel G.Silassie, President of JFA-PFE, &  Supreme Court Presidents of Oromia, Amhara, Tigray, and SNNP Regional States.

Presidents of the regional and federal Supreme Courts have appreciated the support of JFAPFE and Donors in alleviating   the problems associated with backlog files. H.E. Ato Tegene Getaneh thanked both donor and JFA for the support they have extended. He also affirmed that in comparison to former times the recent performance of backlog clearance is encouraging. Based on this fact, he optimistically forecasted that courts of   Ethiopia may not have   problems of backlog.  Nonetheless, he indicated that the support of   donors and   organizations alike should continuebuilding the capacity of the justice sector.

H.E. Ato Tegene Getaneh, President of Federal Supreme Court,  & P/r Daniel G.Silassie, President of JFA-PFE, exchanging the signed MOU.

From left to right H.E Ato Mulugeta Ago President of SNNPR State Supreme court, H.E. Ato Domoze Mame President of Oromiya Supreme Court, P/r Daniel G.Silassie, President of JFA-PFE, H.E. Ambassador Lidi Remmelzwaal, H.E. Ambassador Andreas Gaarder, H.E. Ato Tegene Getaneh, President of Federal Supreme Court, H.E W/ro Hirity Miheretab President of Tigray Supreme Court & H.E Ato Yeneneh Simegen President of Amhara Supreme Court.

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