Justice and Rule of Law

More than a natural disaster:
Accountability for the mudslide in Sierra Leone

The August 14 landslide and floods in Freetown shocked people around the world. At least 500 people died, and several hundred more remain unaccounted for. This was not simply a natural disaster. Government negligence played a crucial role in the loss of life.

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How to confront restrictive legislation in Nigeria

Are the spaces for civic engagement, including for civil society operations, expanding or contracting in Nigeria? Lately, Nigeria has witnessed a marked increase in the exercise of overbearing governmental power, which has not only created an atmosphere of fear in the country, but has also considerably contracted the spaces for civil society and civic engagement.

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41 girls burned to death in Guatemalan “safe home,” trials begin

Photo courtesy of MTM By Zahraa Saheb, Program Intern August 23, 2017 “[They] did not help them. . . they stood still.” When staff members of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción orphanage were supposed to rapidly evacuate the children, they instead “stood still,” according to a 16-year-old former resident. On March 8th, 41 […]

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A new tactic against corruption:
Putting honest politicians in the limelight

Photo courtesy of Accountability Lab  August 7, 2017 “Name and shame” For years, this has been the main approach organizations have used to tackle corruption. Groups employing this tactic work to apprehend corrupt politicians, then broadcast their names publicly to discourage others from committing similar acts. And while some progress has been made, this method […]

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Beyond the Courtroom:
A personal approach to justice in Guatemala

As victims and their families in Guatemala have sought truth and justice for crimes committed during the country’s 30-year civil war, Fund grantee Equipo de Estudios Comunitarios y de Acción Psicosocial (ECAP) has played a key supporting role. Founded in 1997, ECAP provides crucial psychosocial support to witnesses, victims, experts, and even judges involved in the transitional justice trials. ECAP’s role has been vital in trials like the Sepur Zarco case, which marked the first time sexual slavery during war was prosecuted in the country in which it was committed.

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Giving a Voice to the Forgotten Victims of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan

Shahzad Akbar, the Executive Director and founder of Foundation for Fundamental Rights Pakistan (FFR), was the first lawyer to challenge the US drone strikes in Pakistan and the devastating impact they have had on the lives of innocent families in the region. A corporate lawyer by training, Shahzad had spent most of his career working in close cooperation with the US authorities, working as a prosecutor at Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau and as a consultant for USAID projects in Pakistan. This all changed, however, when a drone strike victim walked though his door in 2010.

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Justice for Our Daughters in Mexico

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be female. In 2015, 6 women were murdered every day. Unfortunately, entrenched corruption and a culture of machismo—which considers women second-class citizens—mean that the majority of cases of gender-based violence are never investigated.

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Disrupting Impunity and Obtaining Justice in Guinea

Mamadou Diallo never imagined he would one day lead the fight for justice in one of the most damming cases of human rights violations in Guinea’s recent history. Yet one day in his early 20s dramatically changed the course of his life. On September 28, 2009, Mamadou joined friends in a peaceful demonstration in the capital of Conakry to demand the resignation of Guinea’s then military rules, Moussa Dadis Camara.

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