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International justice: what role for civil society?

Dear friends,

On 17 July 1998, the Rome Statute laid the foundation for the International Criminal Court and the date became the Day of International Justice. But the fight against impunity goes far beyond this institution. 

Thanks to universal jurisdiction, we dispose of a powerful tool at the service of justice. Historic verdicts are on the rise, including in Switzerland. The recent conviction of Alieu Kosiah, a former Liberian rebel commander, is a striking example. We hope that this trial will pave the way for a more voluntary Swiss policy. 

Universal jurisdiction is a legal instrument at the service of states. But the role of civil society is no less essential. NGOs are the most likely to investigate and document serious human rights violations, as they are present on the ground and work in  a network. 

We therefore seize this symbolic date to pay tribute to all our partners, organizations and individuals, who are passionately committed to international justice!

You are increasingly many to follow and support us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Please read our latest news, as well as our 2020 Activity ReportYou can also watch the webinar on universal jurisdiction that took place in June on YouTube.

In order to continue our work and ensure that survivors of the worst atrocities have access to justice,  we need youPlease donate today, on International Justice Day, and join us in the fight against impunity!


Wishing you a pleasant read,

The TRIAL International team



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