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Ehsanul Oarith

Uganda  
Justice Defenders (Unverified)
Joined March 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice
African Prisons Project (APP) is an organization that works to promote hope, dignity and access to justice for individuals inside African prisons. As the Project Manager for Legal Aid Services, I am responsible for management of the Legal Aid Clinic established by APP inside the only maximum-security prison of Uganda. I oversee legal aid service delivery at the Clinic, which serves 1,500 clients inside the prison. I manage a team of six lawyers and ensure that the proper structure is in place to provide legal services from inside the peculiar environment of prisons. I also work on criminal appeal cases to Court of Appeal, where I examine possible grounds of appeal, advise clients and draft written submissions on their behalf. As the Public Interest Litigation lead, I am also responsible for identifying test cases that have the potential to stimulate policy change and challenge laws within the Ugandan Legal system that do not comply with the constitution or International Human Rights standards. I am currently representing 18 individuals who have been indefinitely detained in prison despite the fact that they were found to have a mental illness at the pre-trial stage. I am responsible for conducting the litigation process for each case, finding partners who will support APP in this process and building an advocacy plan that will maximize the impact of our achievements in each case.

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