Bhutan first international symposium on legal aid
Bhutan’s first international symposium on legal aid was organized by the Office of the Attorney General and Bhutan National Legal Institute, with support from UNDP Bhutan and the Austrian Development Cooperation, last Monday at Terma Linca in Thimphu.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, President of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, at the inaugural speech at the symposium said “We must be mindful that, in a small society like ours, the twin purposes of law must always remain- to remedy injustices and maintain order and unity. Our laws must also serve as the bedrock of our social and cultural values and as a platform for civic responsibility and civic engagement.”
UNDP Resident Representative Christina Carlson in her welcome speech said that legal aid lies at the very heart of justice.
She further said “If you want to defeat poverty - you need justice. If you want a fair and democratic society - you need justice. If you want society that celebrates the best of human values and strives to improve the lot of all - you need justice. But you cannot have justice without legal aid – it is the very backbone of justice that serves and shields the weak, the poor, and the powerless. That is why we at the UN and UNDP champion legal aid, and we are committed to supporting Bhutan to achieve strong and effective legal aid.”
The legal aid symposium ended last Tuesday and was attended by the representatives Canada, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand and Bhutan