Gateway to Justice Project: Huye Legal Aid Clinic
The objective of this project is to provide free, speedy and quality access to justice to most vulnerable people living in rural Rwanda, especially in Huye, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Nyanza and Nyamagabe Districts.
Implementation Timeframe: Since January 2016
During twelve months, iPeace handled 191 cases with an average of 4 cases per week. People who were helped were mainly from 5 districts in Rwanda’s Southern province, namely Huye, Nyamagabe, Gisagara, Nyaruguru and Nyanza. The majority of clients, 80%, were women. Land related rights represent 51% of the complaints received, which highlights the importance of access to land for rural Rwandans.
As far as the kind of support provided is concerned, iPeace helped 57% of its clients by drafting for them court briefs to help them defend their cases before the courts, while 11% of the clients especially indigent women were given a practicing lawyer to follow up and represent them before courts.
Out of 191 cases handled within this period, iPeace was able to successfully complete 82.8%, whereas 17.2% percent of cases is still pending either because the client did not come back to complete their files before iPeace starts following up or simply because the delay depends on the schedule of other institutions beyond the control of iPeace.
Funders: This project is funded by Haella Stichting, SIPHR, and Anonymous Donors