TRIAL International believes that a world where impunity for international crimes is no longer tolerated is possible. The obligation to hold accountable the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and enforced disappearance, together with the opportunity for victims to obtain justice and reparation, will help to reduce the commission of these crimes.
TRIAL International’s mission is to fight for justice when international crimes are committed. Such crimes are genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, enforced disappearance, sexual violence and extrajudicial execution. TRIAL International relies on the existing legal framework and is convinced that a judicious yet imaginative use of the law can be a formidable means of dealing with individual cases and bringing about structural change. The NGO also puts the law at the service of the victims of international crimes and works to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice.
In order to do so, TRIAL International:
- uses the power of the law to fight the impunity of perpetrators, accomplices and instigators of international crimes, defends the interests of victims before international courts and brings cases before the appropriate international human rights bodies, in close collaboration with its local partners and the victims
- passes on and shares its knowledge and know-how to its local partners and to other human rights defenders
- makes the authorities and the general public aware of a national and international legal order that can effectively fight the most serious crimes, putting an end to impunity and bringing justice to those who have been deprived of it
- lobbies to get authorities to take firm action against impunity not only in individual cases, but also structurally