Capacity Building of Social Court Judges of Addis Ababa City Administration

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Justice for All-PF Ethiopia organized a training for Addis Ababa City Administration Social Court Judges from October 15 to 17, 2018 in Adama WTC.  With the theme “The Role of Social Court Judges in Respecting and Protecting Human Rights” 58 Social Court Judges participated in the training out of which 41% were female.

Social Courts are the lowest and closest institutions to the community that works at Woreda level with significant impact on the human rights of persons.

From Left to Right : Mr. Gebreigzabiher Gebremariam and Ato Amanuel Gollo

Mr. Amanuel Gollo, Acting Program Department Head at JFA-PFE welcomed the participants and appreciated their participation in this especially tailored  training  by identifying practical problems which are prevalent in Addis Ababa City. Mr. Gebreigzabiher Gebremariam,    President    of Addis Ababa City Administration  Social Courts Council, in his opening speech appreciated the efforts of JFA-PFE for its continuous support to building the capacity of the judicial sector.

The overall objective of the training was to capacitate social court judges with the knowledge and skills which enable them to ensure the protection  and promotion  of human   rights   and   to   help them develop an understanding in conflict resolution  mechanisms. Additionally the training aimed to identify areas where the social court judges should concentrate in order to protect human rights.

Accordingly,  Mr.  Yiheyis Mitiku,  an instructor  at Kotebe  Metropolitan  University,  has made presentations on the concepts of human rights from the international and Ethiopian perspective. Meaning of human rights, duties of government in protecting, fulfilling and respecting of human rights, characteristics of human rights, and situation of human rights in Ethiopia were discussed thoroughly by Mr. Yiheyis.

Mr. Yiheyis Mitiku

On the other hand, Dr. Ambaye Ogato, Senior Advisor at JFA-PFE, made presentation on conflict resolution by referring to theoretical and practical issues. “Since conflict is a social phenomenon, it is not possible to avoid conflict all in all. The best way of dealing with conflicts is managing them so that they will be resolved” said Dr. Ambaye. Causes and meaning of conflict and mechanisms of managing conflict was discussed during Dr. Ambaye’s presentation. He advised the participants to appreciate differences while dealing with different kinds of conflicts.

Finally, Dr. Woubshet Shiferaw, Senior Consultant at JFAPFE, took the floor and gave presentation on concepts relating to rendering of decisions. Impartiality has greater significance in entertaining cases and in relation to impartiality, the principles of not to entertain one’s own case and the right to be heard are the basic ones said Dr. Woubshet.

At the end of the training participants gave constructive comments on the overall processes of the training and they have stressed on the need to give such kinds of trainings for the public at large. In addition to this, the participants of the training took the responsibility to deliver the knowledge that they have acquired to their community.