Bhutan first in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium on le­gal aid

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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

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