44 African judges in Egypt for training
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CAIRO: A total of 44 African judges arrived at Cairo Airport Saturday to receive training organized by the Egyptian government, Youm7 reported.

The delegation includes judges from Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Guinea, and Benin. In January 2014, the National Center for Judicial Studies had announced it would carry out a course for judges from Nile Basin states to train them on how to distinguish between civil and criminal verdicts and to provide a forum for judges to exchange experiences in administrative lawsuits.

After Egypt regained its membership at the African Union after a year of suspension following the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, Cairo launched the Egyptian Agency for Development Partnerships (EADP) in July 2014 to enhance cooperation with its African neighbors. EADP coordinates with state bodies to consolidate cooperation.

In January, staff from the Libya Ministry of Justice received training in forensic medicine as part of a program to support their judicial system, Libya news website Al-Wasat reported.

The training included forensic analysis, discovering forgery, detection of weapons and explosives and determining their type.

However, Egypt’s judiciary has been harshly criticized by international entities for issuing mass death sentences in the past two years, and for sentencing activists and journalists to long terms in jail.

The activities of the EADP also reach the medical and military fields, as a large delegation from Egypt’s prestigious Children Cancer Hospital 57357 delivered training of one to six months in several specialties to doctors from Nile Basin states, including Ethiopia and Kenya, to train them on treating children with cancer.

Military leaders and chiefs of staff from 10 African nations attended training from Jan. 17 – Feb. 26, 2015 to develop their skills. The delegation included officials and soldiers from Tanzania, Djibouti, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi, Benin, Mali, Gabon, Congo and Cameroon.

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