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Moving closer to its beneficiaries and increasing its partnerships, TRIAL International has established itself as an unavoidable advocate for international justice.

Giving justice a voice

In 2018, for the first time ever, TRIAL International launched an ambitious audiovisual project: explaining the importance of justice through the voice of its beneficiaries. In nine video capsules, courageous individuals from Burundi, DRC, Nepal and Bosnia and Herzegovina narrate their personal experience in front of a camera.

Watch the testimonies of Abdennacer, Mirsada and the others

To collect open and authentic testimonies, it was important to meet the interviewees where they lived. This also allowed their context and environment to be captured, to put their experience in perspective. With the support of local teams and partners, a small shoot team traveled to Versoix (Switzerland), Brussels (Belgium), Bukavu (DRC) Sarajevo and Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the first half of the year.

An annual milestone to promote universal jurisdiction

First issued in 2015, the Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review (UJAR) has gradually become an unmissable milestone for many practitioners. Judges, prosecutors, lawyers and academics have all emphasized how this practical guide – presenting all major cases using universal jurisdiction of the year – helps them in their everyday work. Meeting a general demand for wider distribution, TRIAL International printed the UJAR in 2018, in addition to its usual online format. For the first time, the Review was also officially presented at a round-table in Geneva. Panelists included academics and practitioners as well as the Review’s author and TRIAL International expert, Valérie Le Breton-Paulet.

Browse the Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2018: Momentum towards accountability

TRIAL International turns 15

To mark its fifteenth year of existence, TRIAL International organized a unique event to raise awareness on conflict-related sexual violence. On 18 and 19 June 2018, dozens of civil society experts came together to share their experiences in roundtables and workshops.

Read more: Two days to build capacities against conflict-related sexual violence

But this event was more than just a one-off. It kick-started a collaboration among civil society organizations to establish a set of best practices.

Read more: Translating words into action in the fight against conflict-related sexual violence

Nothing would be possible without our donors!

We are extremely grateful for the generous contributions of our private donors and members, whose continued support has led to unprecedented victories. Their trust makes it possible for TRIAL International to effectively help victims obtain justice and redress.

In 2018, 315 members and private donors contributed to our activities. For the first time, the support of a group of generous donors allowed TRIAL International to run its first Match Funding campaign.

Support our fight today

In 2018, TRIAL International developed several new collaborations and strengthened its cooperation with institutional donors, that recognize the fight against impunity as a priority. The following institutional partners granted their generous support:

  • Amnesty International, Swiss section
  • Antenna Technologies Foundation
  • Belgian government, Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs
  • British government, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Canadian government, Global Affairs Canada
  • City of Carouge
  • City of Geneva
  • Cottier Donzé Foundation
  • Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders
  • Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique
  • German government, Federal Foreign Office
  • Hélène et Victor Barbour Foundation
  • Jylag Foundation
  • Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
  • LALIVE Law Firm
  • Loterie Romande
  • MISEREOR Foundation
  • Municipality of Chêne-Bougeries
  • Municipality of Plan-les-Ouates
  • Municipality of Presinge
  • Municipality of Troinex
  • Oak Foundation
  • Open Society Foundations
  • Peace Nexus Foundation
  • Planethood Foundation
  • Pro Victimis Foundation
  • Republic and canton of Geneva
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Sigrid Rausing Trust
  • Swiss government, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Taiwan Foundation for Democracy
  • Temperatio Foundation
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Whitmill Trust