Pacific Security Sector Governance Project
The PSSG Project aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies in the Pacific for sustainable development and the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, outlined under Sustainable Development Goal 16, is closely aligned with the governance of the security sector in Pacific Island Countries. UNDP supports early access to justice initiatives undertaken by justice sector stakeholders in Fiji under the PSSG project. Such support has materialised into the successful implementation by justice sector stakeholders in Fiji of the Pilot of the First Hour Procedure and Video Recorded Interviews and plans are ongoing with a view to replicating such support in other Pacific Island Countries.
The above activities are undertaken in close partnership with the Fiji Police Force and justice stakeholders; and with in-kind support from the British High Commission in Suva together with technical support accessed from leading practitioners in the areas of torture prevention and early access to justice to include the Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, United Kingdom and the Association for the Prevention of Torture.
The PSSG Project aims to accomplish the following key results:
- Strengthened capacity of the justice sector stakeholders to comply with Fiji’s obligations under the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
- Increased awareness in all communities of the rights of arrested and detained persons through the interlinkages with the UNDP Project- Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians via their mobile teams.
- Enhanced delivery of services provided by the Fiji Police Force and the Legal Aid Commission in early access to justice for arrested and detained persons to include support to the Pilot of the First Hour Procedure and Video Recorded Interviews.
- Policy making informed and based on evidence through research and analysis on the relevant areas related to arrested and detained persons, promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provision of access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
Sustainable Development Goals
The PSSG Project supports the achievement of Goal 16 which is a commitment to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Who finances it?
UNDP with in-kind support from the British High Commission in Suva; International Security Sector Advisory Team/ Democratic Control of Armed Forces; Department of Peacekeeping Operations; and the UNDP Rule of Law Global Programme.