Maputo launch of socio-economic impact study attended by Minister of Justice

The Minister of Justice and Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Isaque Chande, as well as the Vice President of the Supreme Court, Dr. João Beirão, attended the Maputo launch of the report on 6 June 2017.

The report "The socio-economic impact of pre-trial detention in Kenya, Mozambique and Zambia" was written by Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath, based on fieldwork carried out under the supervision of Dr. Luis Bitone Nahe and Nadja Gomez of the Centre for Human Rights at the Edouardo Mondlane University (UEM).

Also in attendance were the Vice President of UEM, Armindo Daniel Tiago, as well as the director of the Faculty of Law at UEM, Armando Dimande. The launch was co-hosted by the Centre for Human Rights (CDH) at UEM, Research for Mozambique (REFORMAR), and ACJR, who were also all involved in completion of the report. Lukas Muntingh and Jean Redpath of ACJR made presentations, which were well-received and which stimulated a great deal of discussion. At the conclusion of the proceedings the Minister requested that the presentations be repeated the following day to a gathering of judicial officers at the Judicial Training Institute.

In the afternoon a panel discussion was held, which was moderated by Dra. Elisa Samuel of the Judicial Training Institute. The panel comprised Dr. João Beirão (Vice Presidente do Tribunal Supremo), Jose Divage (M.M.G.A.S), Serodio Towo (APREJOR), Justino Tonela (Director do IPAJ), and Joaquim Fumo (CFJJ). The discussion was lively and many questions from the floor were addressed.

A television news report of the launch can be viewed here.

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