Background

The Access to Justice Initiative is a civil society-led initiative designed to support the adoption of structural and policy changes that will strengthen access to justice in Myanmar.A coalition of more than 40 leading civil society organizations, A2JI launched in July 2015 to form a unified platform for constructive advocacy efforts as the country prepared for its first truly open election in decades. A2JI consists of three clusters – Research, Advocacy, and Monitoring & Oversight - that collaboratively pursue research-based advocacy for reform of specific laws, and promote transparency and citizen oversight of public justice actors. Through these clusters, A2JI pursues the following objectives: Research: To conduct research and analysis to inform policy and advocacy programs that A2JI will pursue, including collection and analysis of baseline data, development of an online resource library, and review of existing laws to ensure that access to justice and remedies are addressed and ensured. Advocacy: To identify effective, issue-relevant advocacy strategies to be pursued by A2JI collectively or by individual CSO members based on evidence gathered through research. Monitoring & Oversight: To monitor government performance and reform efforts to evaluate the government, Hluttaw, and judiciary’s respective performance in guaranteeing access to justice to Myanmar’s people and adherence to internationally-accepted standards, including those for fair trials.