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AD487: Les Nigériens soutiennent le respect des lois et tribunaux, mais une bonne partie perçoit des traitements inéquitables devant la justice

Au Niger, l’Article 118 de la Constitution stipule que la justice est rendue au nom du peuple et dans le respect strict de la règle de droit ainsi que des droits et libertés de chaque citoyen. Dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions, les juges sont indépendants et ne sont soumis qu’à l’autorité de la loi. 

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Les Sénégalais pensent que la loi traite les populations avec inégalité

La toute dernière enquête d’Afrobarometer réalisée au Sénégal montre que les citoyens estiment que la loi traite les citoyens de façon inéquitable.

La plupart des Sénégalais affirment également que les gens doivent faire attention à ce qu’ils disent quand il parle de politique. Au moment où le pays est menacé par une instabilité et des violences, l’analyse rappelle que les citoyens estiment que ce qui les unit est plus important que ce qui les divise.

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Kenyans overwhelmingly seek – and find – justice outside formal court system

Most Kenyans with justice-related problems turn to family and friends, traditional leaders, or other resources outside the formal court system – and are generally satisfied with the outcome, according to findings of an Afrobarometer survey.  

Even though a majority of Kenyans say they trust courts of law at least “somewhat,” only about one in 30 survey respondents who had justice-related problems during the previous two years sought recourse in a court or tribunal.

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Access to justice in Kenya: experience and perception

At a glance

•Slightly more than half of Kenyans trust courts of law somewhat or a lot
•Kenyans embrace out of court settlements in seeking justice compared to courts of law and tribunals.
•Overwhelming majority of Kenyans are satisfied with justice outcomes from the various avenues from where they seek justice.
•Less than one in 10 Kenyans have had contact with government courts in the past two years.
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Kenyans trust the justice system but decry unequal treatment under the law, including impunity for officials who commit crimes

A majority of Kenyans trust the justice system in the country but decry that it treats people unequally, including often granting impunity to officials who commit crimes, according to an Afrobarometer survey.

While the Constitution provides that all persons are equal before the law, more than half of Kenyans say that’s not the reality. Large majorities say officials who commit crimes often go unpunished, but the same is rarely true for ordinary people who break the law. Despite this reservation, more than half of Kenyans express trust in the courts of law.

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AD174: Despite challenges, Niger’s court system enjoys high level of popular trust

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AD171: Popular distrust, perceptions of corruption mark Sierra Leone’s court system

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AD166: In Mali, citizens’ access to justice compromised by perceived bias, corruption, complexity

Access to justice for ordinary citizens is a key component of the rule of law and democracy. Mali was once considered a democratic frontrunner on the continent, but political instability and insecurity in recent years have revealed democracy’s foothold as tenuous. The state’s weakness has raised concerns about the quality and extent of democratic practices and institutions, including the extent to which rule of law and access to justice have taken root in the country. 

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AD142: Building a legal system that citizens trust and use remains a challenge for post-conflict Côte d'Ivoire

Political and military conflict has marked the development of Côte d'Ivoire’s institutions, including its judiciary. During civil war in the early 2000s, the formal justice system was entirely absent from the rebel-controlled Central-North-West regions for seven years, until early 2009 (Human Rights Watch, 2012).

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AD136: Senegal’s corruption court seen as building trust in government, but credibility weakened by bias

The theft of public funds for personal enrichment by elected and autocratic leaders has been a bane of African development (Amadi & Ekekwe, 2014; Ebegbulem, 2012; Owoye & Bissessar, 2012; Gyimah-Brempong, 2002; Bayart, Ellis, & Hibou, 1999; Lawal, 2007). In 1981, Senegal introduced the offense of illicit enrichment into its penal code and created an ad hoc court to deal with such cases of corruption – the Court of Repression of Illicit Enrichment (CREI in French).

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AD134: Though living a security nightmare, Burundians find less fault with formal court system

After Burundi emerged from civil war in 2005, one of the government’s priorities was to develop a professional and credible judicial system. Yet five years on, a Human Rights Watch report (2010) documented “Mob justice in Burundi: Official complicity and impunity,” and subsequent reports have continued to highlight extra-judicial killings, torture, and disappearances blamed on Burundian security forces and political gangs (Human Rights Watch, 2016).

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Access to justice still elusive for many Africans, Afrobarometer survey finds

In most African countries, substantial barriers still inhibit citizens’ access to justice, a new Afrobarometer analysis finds. 

Based on a special access-to-justice module in national surveys in 36 African countries, the sobering report identifies long delays, high costs, corruption, the complexity of legal processes, and a lack of legal counsel as major obstacles for citizens seeking legal remedies.

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PP39: Ambitious SDG goal confronts challenging realities: Access to justice is still elusive for many Africans

Access to justice for all citizens has long been recognized as a cornerstone of democracy, good governance, and effective and equitable development. Its centrality has recently been highlighted in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), which calls for all societies 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” (United Nations, 2016).

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Republic of Guinea press releases (25 November 2015)

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La majorité des Guinéens pensent qu’il y a une mauvaise gouvernance dans  le secteur de la santé, notamment à cause de la corruption des agents de santé

Selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre en Guinée, plus d’un guinéen sur deux (55%) pensent que le Gouvernement actuel répond très mal/plutôt mal aux préoccupations des citoyens dans le cadre de l’amélioration des services de santé de base.

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Justice au Niger: Confiance forte aux institutions de droit

La majorité des Nigériens soutiennent les mandats des institutions de la justice et leur font « beaucoup confiance », selon la plus récente enquête d’Afrobaromètre.

Le niveau de confiance publique à la police/gendarmerie et l’armée – mais pas aux cours et aux tribunaux – a augmenté depuis 2013.

Mais parmi les citoyens qui ont eu recours à la police ou les cours/tribunaux, des proportions significatives disent qu’il était « difficile » ou « très difficile » d’obtenir l’assistance dont ils avaient besoin.

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