The Executive Director Mr Andrews KANANGA says :
" Equitable, functioning and accessible justice is crucial to combating poverty, promoting good governance and the rule of law. It is a basic human right and an indispensable means towards conflict resolution.
Access to justice should not depend on wealth, education levels, religion or ethnicity. Therefore in order to realize the goal of equitable access to justice it is essential to put in place mechanisms for the provision of legal aid services (Legal Aid is defined as free or subsidized legal services to those who cannot afford them. Within this definition a broad understanding includes : legal representation, legal advice/mediation and legal information/education). Only in this way can access to justice become accessible to those in need rather than remaining a prerogative of those who can afford it.
The environment within which legal aid is provided in Rwanda is characterized by a high population density (376/km²) [United Nation Statistics Division, 2007], with a large rural, semi-literate population. Approximately 9.9 million people live in an area of 26338 square kilometres and 56.9% of the population live below the poverty line with only 62.5% of rural men and women consider themselves literate.
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