Afghanistan has a Muslim legal system. The Muslim legal system is an autonomous legal system which is actually religious in nature and predominantly based on the Quran and Sunna. In addition to this the Customary law is also practiced in Afghanistan and used particularly in rural areas. The Customary law system in Afghanistan is persuaded by both religion (Sharia) and traditions.
Based on its mandate, oSDLR is committed to support Afghan judiciary, ministry of justice and law enforcement authorities in improving legal protection mechanisms for all with special focus on women and children.
SDLR supports Afghan judiciary, ministry of justice and law enforcement authorities in improving legal protection mechanisms for all with special focus on women and children that include:
- Legal education and awareness
- Improvement of legal aid services
- Capacity building of professionals
- Law and policy revision
- Juvenile justice
- Refinement of customary law with the intention to eliminate harmful traditional attitudes
In addition to the above, peace, security and rule of law are Afghanistan’s top priorities. Restoration of peace, security and rule of law is a base for all other interventions. oSDLR in close collaboration and cooperation with relevant government institutions, international community and national and international agencies is playing its role in bringing peace in the country and improving security through rule of law. oSDLR particular focus will remain on:
- Prevention, management, and resolutions of conflict,
- Intra-state conflict (ethnic, religious, economic, etc.),
- Conflict resolution techniques
- Peace education
- Transitional justice
As stated above some of the legal aid categories oSDLR has implemented several projects in legal aid sector for deferent types of law in the country.