Indonesia-South Africa exchange: Paralegal (peer) support


Indonesia-South Africa exchange: Paralegal (peer) support

14 February 2017

In South Africa, extensive violence and injustices against People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) occur on a daily basis. Moreover, access to a fair trial or legal support is rare for this target group. Mainline connected their South African partners to PKNI from Indonesia. This network of PWUD has organised paralegal support via their peer networks.

When someone is arrested for drug charges, PKNI makes sure they get the information and legal support they need. They often manage to avoid prison sentences. As part of Mainlines’ south-south exchange programme, PKNI provided paralegal training for the PWUD community in South Africa.

The training took place in December 2016. Participants were from the PWUD community in South Africa who have united in the network of Drug Users of Cape Town (DUCT) and the Drug Users of Gauteng (DUG).

During the training, knowledge and experience were transferred by the facilitators from Indonesia. Their expertise was combined with the expertise of a South African lawyer. This ensured a good connection with the local legal context.

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