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20 years of fighting impunity: a fight that never
takes a holiday ! 

Dear friends,

Summer has arrived, but TRIAL International continues to fight relentlessly. On the 6th of June 2022, our organization celebrated 20 years of existence. This anniversary year will be marked by all kind of events to highlight our actions. TRIAL International's all reason of being is the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes. For 20 years, TRIAL International has been working on a daily basis to ensure that every victim is heard and recognized and that impunity is reduced worldwide!

Three years after TRIAL International filed a criminal complaint, the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against a Swiss trader on suspicion of trafficking rosewood in Gambia and filed a request for mutual assistance to pursue its investigations. This is a major step forward in the fight against the impunity of economic actors in Switzerland who are damaging the environment by participating in the illegal exploitation of natural resources by fuelling conflicts. The investigation "Trafic de bois, les criminels de l'environnement" by Isabelle Ducret, journalist for Temps présent on RTS, explains the need to condemn those guilty of environmental crimes. To mark the broadcasting of the documentary on RTS and as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, a screening was held on 16 June at Pathé Balexert in Geneva for current and former collaborators, committee members and members.

TRIAL International's General Assembly, held in Geneva at the beginning of June, allowed TRIAL International to take a look back at the year 2021, but also led the organization, thanks to the victories and important advances it has achieved, to renew its unwavering commitment to the fight against impunity for the coming year. There are many challenges ahead, but our organization knows that it can count on your continued support to pursue its mission!

Thank you again for your support!

If you would like to contribute and further reduce impunity around the world, you can join our organization by becoming a member or making a donation! Your generosity has enabled us to work with victims of international crimes and will allow us to continue our essential projects.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter, have a great summer and see you in September!


The TRIAL International Team



PS: Do you know that by subscribing to a monthly donation of just 10 CHF your impact is doubled? You become a crucial player in ending impunity for international crimes and you enable us to accompany victims in the long run! 


Universal jurisdiction – Pillage Timber in Casamance

Swiss authorities open a criminal investigation regarding the trafficking of rosewood in Senegal and the Gambia

Three years after TRIAL International filed its criminal complaint, the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office opened a criminal investigation and a request for mutual assistance to Gambia for the crime of plundering for the illegal exploitation and trade of rosewood in Casamance.


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TRIAL International – 20 years on the way to justice

20 years of fighting impunity

On the 6th of June 2002, twenty human rights activists, lawyers from Geneva and victims came together in Geneva to create TRIAL (Track Impunity Always), which in 2016 will be renamed TRIAL International. Our organization celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and continues to fight against the most serious international crimes without respite.


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Bosnia – Conflict related sexual violence 

Expertise gained in Bosnia and Herzegovina to benefit the war in Ukraine

Adrijana Hanušić Bećirović, our team's legal advisor in Sarajevo was invited to a hearing at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as an expert on issues related to sexual violence in conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina to share her experience and recommendations in the context of the war in Ukraine.


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