Expanding Access to Justice and Protection of Human Rights

Respect for human rights by the judiciary makes the courts more accessible, credible, legitimate, and effective in protecting rights, guarding against predation, and helping to assure an environment in which participatory democratic societies can flourish. Advancing human rights policies is fundamentally linked to the improvement of justice sector operations. Human rights have to be protected by the judiciary through the fair and proper implementation of domestic laws in light of international and European standards.

To address these challenges, the USAID New Justice Program focuses on assisting the Government of Ukraine in removing obstacles for citizens to access the justice system. These activities are closely coordinated with USAID’s Human Rights in Action Program and other providers of human rights, legal, and humanitarian assistance.

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