The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)


Supporting access to justice and increasing stability in Somalia

Construction on a new courthouse has begun in Bosaso, Puntland.

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Ongoing armed conflicts in Somalia have weakened the rule of law system in some areas of the country, hindering the ability to live in peace and security as well as impeding access to justice for vulnerable people.

Strengthening law and order institutions – such as police stations, courts, prisons and police training centres – is vital for creating the conditions for long-lasting and resilient security and stability.

Courthouses support dispute resolution between community members and provide access to many essential services for communities – especially for people displaced by conflict – such as issuing permits and certificates that are often necessary for livelihood opportunities.

With funding from the European Union through the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Somalia, UNOPS is designing and managing the construction of a new courthouse in Bosaso, Puntland.

"The construction of the Bosaso Courthouse marks a crucial investment in Somalia's judicial infrastructure," said Ala'a Nemer, Director of UNOPS in Somalia. "Equipped with modern amenities, it will provide authorities with the tools they need to swiftly and fairly resolve disputes, upholding the principles of the rule of law and ensuring access to justice in Puntland State."

The courthouse is being built as part of the Somalia Joint Rule of Law Programme.

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