We work side-by-side with survivors of serious international crimes in order to brake the barriers to access to remedies and obtain redress, justice, truth and accountability from the perpetrators and enablers of such heinous crimes, state and/or non-state actors, multinational and local businesses and individuals.
Gross violations of human rights and international crimes have been defined over time in a range of international conventions and agreements, extending responsibility not just to the direct perpetrators, but also to those who commanded, planned, financed or enabled the crimes to take place.
At present, victims of gross violations of human rights and serious violations of humanitarian law continue to face significant legal and practical barriers that limit the exercise of their rights. It is, in fact, unusual, if not exceptionally rare, for them to obtain justice. Many find it extremely difficult even to obtain any official acknowledgment of what was done to them. Many barriers prevent victims of these crimes from claiming and obtaining their rights, including lack of adequate information, lack of access to legal representation and legal aid, lack of awareness in the judicial system, the postponement of trials and long duration of criminal and civil proceedings.
GJG takes a strategic approach based on different lines of actions intended to dismantle barriers to remedy, enforcing survivors’ rights and advancing the human rights agenda.
Our areas of intervention: applied research, capacity building, strategic litigation, advocacy.