Much of Afghanistan relies on traditional councils for dispute resolution, with outcomes that are often arbitrary, driven by personal relationships, discriminatory against vulnerable groups, and impose overly harsh sentences. Up to 80% of legal disputes are resolved outside of the formal justice system. To improve access to justice and the consistent application of laws, citizens need a clearer understanding of their rights, and the resources available to uphold them.
Over the next week, the Youth Leaders will create original mobile theatre plays and media campaigns to tour in their home regions, which will inform the public of their rights, and engage in dialogue with local authorities, police, justice officials and religious leaders. By promoting justice sector reform that meets the requirements of the formal justice system while respecting local frameworks, they hope to engage all members of their communities in the justice process.