Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Canada Supports Palestinian Justice Reform

January 9, 2010

West Bank and Gaza – The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada’s support to the Palestinian justice sector reforms.

The project, aligned with the Palestinian Authority development priorities, is named "Sharaka" an Arabic word connoting trust and partnership.This project, which runs over five years, encompasses both the districts and headquarters of the Office of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecution Service (OAG/PP). The initiative includes training, equipment, infrastructure, information technology systems, and support to the OAG/PP. Minister Toews made the announcement during his visit to Ramallah.

"Strengthening governance and the rule of law in the Palestinian Authority (PA) is essential to building a better life for the Palestinian people and securing long-term peace and stability in the Middle East," said Minister Toews. "A fair and effective system of criminal justice, with an efficient and independent prosecution service, is integral to this process."

"The Canadian International Development Agency is continuing to deliver on Canada’s commitment to support Palestinian reform and development. CIDA’s assistance focuses on justice sector reform, economic growth and humanitarian assistance to better the lives of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza," said Minister Oda.

The Sharaka project addresses the extensive and immediate physical requirements of the Prosecution Services. These include, for example, office space, equipment, furniture and vehicles, which will allow the institution to achieve a basic level of functionality in its operations. The project also addresses the longer-term but equally urgent need to build the institutional, organizational and professional capacities of the Office of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecution service and their staff.

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Information:

Jessica Fletcher
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone: 819-953-6238

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