Peacekeepers help set up mobile court in Timbuktu, Mali, UN says

NEW YORK (United Nations), Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has helped set up a mobile court in the town of Diré, in Mali’s Timbuktu region, said on Friday a UN spokesperson.

“Five cases were brought before the mobile court and the judge also met with local authorities and police and gendarmerie investigation units to discuss ways to improve access to trial for victims,” said said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary. General Antonio Guterres.

Dujarric said insecurity hampered access to justice in the region for more than two years and the judge was forced to relocate 120 km from his jurisdiction.

The spokesperson said the peacekeepers were supporting a Malian army operation in the Timbuktu region, enabling the mobile audience in Dire.

United Nations peacekeeping missions support mobile courts, which travel to places where no regular court can exist. They ensure that communities can settle disputes and see criminals legally punished.

Mobile courts also sit in areas too remote for standard permanent institutions, but may also sit temporarily in specific settings such as prisons. The United Nations has supported various mobile courts in many conflict contexts, including Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Liberia, Mali and Somalia.

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