Press Release

Access to justice still elusive for many Africans, Afrobarometer survey finds

In most African countries substantial barriers still inhibit citizens’ access to justice, a new Afrobarometer analysis finds.

Based on a special access to justice module in national surveys in 36 African countries, the sobering report identifies long delays, high costs, corruption, the complexity of legal processes, and a lack of legal counsel as major obstacles for citizens seeking legal remedies.

The analysis finds vast differences between relatively good access to justice in Botswana, Cape Verde, and Lesotho and the dismal indicators emerging from places such as Liberia and Sierra Leone. In general, the quality and extent of access to justice are worse in less democratic and post conflict countries. But even most of the best performing countries have substantial work to do before they can claim to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 call for “access to justice for all”

Please click here to read the full press release.

Click here to read the full report of the survey.


This press release is republished with the kind permission of Afrobarometer