The 2018 JusticeMakers Access to Justice Competition in Asia

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Geneva, Switzerland – 14th August 2018

Today, International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is announcing the launch of its 2018 “Justice for All” Asia JusticeMakers Competition. JusticeMakers is the world’s first global online platform in the area of criminal defense.

IBJ is reaching out to lawyers and justice/legal organizations for innovative proposals and strategies to promote criminal justice across Asia. The Competition will award US$15,000 in project funding to lawyers/organizations who have the most innovative and effective methods to increase access to justice and promote the rule of law. Competitive projects will work to remove barriers to justice for innocent accused, improve access to justice for juvenile defendants, or tackle gender discrimination in the criminal justice system.

As of today, IBJ has made awards to 69 JusticeMakers Fellows from 42 countries throughout the world through its online competition, which identifies, trains, and funds hidden heroes of justice worldwide who are committed to promoting positive reform within their respective countries.

The JusticeMakers Competition requires individuals to submit proposals detailing an innovative strategy for promoting criminal justice implementation at the grassroots level.

About the JusticeMakers Program 

IBJ initiated the JusticeMakers Program in 2008 in an effort to connect defenders in their quest to curb torture and promote legal rights in their respective communities. Since then, IBJ has conducted six global and regional JusticeMakers competitions.  The JusticeMakers Program fuels the international movement towards ensuring that every man, woman and child has the right to competent legal representation, a fair trial, and protection from torture as well as cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.  As the result of collaborative efforts and through the use of web technologies, an online learning platform was launched, which serves the purpose of building a network of defenders, facilitating discussions, and hosting competitions which fund projects to promote access to justice within participants’ respective communities.

The Competition winners and previous JusticeMakers Fellows form lasting relationships with hundreds of partner organizations across the globe, including but not limited to: governmental and civil society organizations, universities, and national bar associations.

For more information about the JusticeMakers Community and to apply for a 2018 JusticeMakers Fellowship, please visit https://www.ibj.org/programs/justicemakers/2018asiajmcompetition/

For specific questions please send an email to justicemakers@ibj.org.

About International Bridges to Justice (IBJ)

In recognition of the fundamental principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary individuals in developing countries. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee all individuals the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial. IBJ currently has 11 country programs and projects in over 40 countries in the world, including Burundi, Cambodia, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Syria and Zimbabwe.

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