Kevin Saunders – update from Uganda
Kevin Saunders is currently in Uganda working with the APP field team in rural prisons. Here is a summary of his experience to date.
Over the past month, Birmingham Law Society and ROLE UK have afforded me the opportunity to work alongside the African Prisons Project and the Ugandan Prison Service. Both the African Prisons Project and the Ugandan Prison Service are committed to upholding human rights and delivering access to justice to prisoners.
Most people who appear before the Ugandan Courts are not represented by lawyers. But for the good work of APP, prisoners would have little or no understanding of their rights and the legal process within the Criminal Courts.
I have been specifically engaged in the Lango region of northern Uganda, where I have been working with the APP field team in rural prisons. Together we have developed an advocacy package that is designed to help prisoners to stand up and speak up at Court.
Much like the legal system in the UK, the Ugandan Criminal Justice system is adversarial. It follows that justice can only be served if accused persons are able to properly advance their cases and defend themselves at Court.
I am full of admiration for the work of the African Prisons Project and the Ugandan Prison Service. An insight into the extent of their ambitious and conscientious work can be seen at: www.africanprisons.org