Wednesday, 7th October 2015



Here are some eye-opening statistics: 4 billion people live without the protection of the law; 4.2 to 11.6 million people are held in forced prostitution; 883 million people live on $1.25 per day; 100,000 girls in China are routinely trafficked for sex; 1 in 7 pubescent girls in the developing world are forced into marriage; 30 to 40% of women in many developed countries have been raped; 22 million people are held in slavery; 3 billion people live without secure rights to their land so that 5 million people are evicted yearly, with many more running off out of fear of violence; 59.5 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide; 50 to 97% of prisoners in the developing world are pre-trial detainees, many suffering abuse and torture (10,000 of them die each month); about 31 percent of all global homicides take place in Latin America - in 2012, homicide rates in war-torn countries like Iraq (8 per 100,000 inhabitants) and Afghanistan (6.5) paled in comparison to those in Brazil (25.8), Colombia (30.8), Mexico (21.5), El Salvador (41.2), Honduras (90.4), Guatemala (39.9) and Venezuela (53.7). (See this article about the murders and disappearances in the Mexican state that's appropriately named Guerrero). Could you rise out of poverty in such circumstances?

We are passionate about lifting individuals, families, communities and societies out of retarding mires of exploitation, abuse and poverty that are caused by injustice.



Dysfunctional legal systems amount to national immune systems that do not work. Sham legal systems are often commandeered to condone and confer legitimacy on criminality, rather than to combat it. Worryingly, parts of the well-endowed rule-of-law industry, that is supposed to remedy this, are failing humanity through having lost their way.


Our strategies to advance justice, on the other hand, are based on realism and focus on the socially-inclusive. We harness modern technology to Inform & Expose and, thus, to democratise the law. Ours is a dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented approach based on empathy and driven by humanity and zeal. 


Engage with us at the forefront of overcoming barriers to justice. Contact us at: info[at] , and/or donate to our work here:



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Consolidating Judicial Dysfunction in the US

The US must put its own house in order if it is to convincingly present itself as an exemplar to the world. It must do much more to ensure: equal access to and equality before the courts, the right to a fair and public hearing, the right to the presumption of innocence and prohibition on self-incrimination, and the right that punishment is proportionate. ...


Australia - "seen to be done": the principle of open justice

Super User June-11-2012

The Honourable J J Spigelman, then Chief Justice of New South Wales, Australia, expounds on the principle of open justice in Australia with reference to other common law jurisdictions. ...


Super User June-30-2015

Updated: 29th June, 2015 ...

Turkey: journalist, lawyers, et al, jailed - some released

In-house Writer May-28-2012

In Turkey, some 500 students that are alleged members of terrorist groups, more than 100 journalists, 47 lawyers and thousands of Kurd sympathisers have been imprisoned. ...

Trial Monitoring Apps & More

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Modern technology has the potential to save thousands daily in the developing world from crime, torture and unfair trials.


One of our focuses is on the production of smartphone apps that help ensure correct crime investigation, pre-trial treatment and court trials. The apps inform, provide checklists and have a reporting facility. Results are sent for analysis and reports are produced to reveal patterns of incorrect procedure, mistreatment and perversions of justice. These apps improve general awareness of correct criminal procedures and inform the public of flaws, so that maximum and focused pressure can be applied to tackle legal system dysfunction.


Rather than being a project that tackles just one aspect of legal system dysfunction in isolation and, therefore, offers rather dubious value for money, our projects are both sustainable and dynamics-changing in order to produce maximum and enduring results.


Please donate to the cost of producing and promoting the use of our ground-breaking apps, aimed at advancing justice through societal scrutiny and pressure for legal system reform in countries around the world.




Legal systems will mete out justice, if they come under sufficient public scrutiny.

Most do not!

A legal system should embody and give expression to its society's highest values.

A society without a properly functioning legal system is like a body without a good immune system.

The result is poor societal health: abuse, conflicts of interest, corruption, cronyism, rights violations, torture - as well as social, political and economic retardation, in both the developed and the developing worlds.

Modern technology offers a cure for ailing systems.

Just as social networking has added a whole new dimension to communication, so Lexposé adds a whole new dimension to legal systems.

It's an innovative adjunct, that also uses social networking. It improves transparency and is a tool for bringing legal systems to account so that they properly serve society.

It profiles police, judges and prosecutors, as well as their institutions.

Wealth audits, salaries, political links, conflicts of interest, training, career paths and much more, can be accessed online.

Public reviews of police, judge and prosecutor conduct will also be accessed online.

By keeping legal system players under open, public scrutiny, it encourages integrity, independence, diligence, equality and impartiality – qualities essential for justice.

Its mandate is to gather and moderate information sensitively and to the highest standards.

Its application is worldwide.

Lexposé will be an invaluable tool for victims of injustice and their friends and families, lawyers, justice/human rights NGOs, consulates, religious and humanitarian groups, academics and students, amongst many others.


Find out more about Lexposé here. To get in touch with us about this, email us at: info[at] 


Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Goals as defined in Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


        • 16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere
        • 16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children
        • 16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
        • 16.4 By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime
        • 16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
        • 16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
        • 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
        • 16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
        • 16.9 By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
        • 16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements
        • 16.a Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime
        • 16.b Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development


"While judicial systems are visibly present in most countries, those that work reasonably well are found in relatively few."- Robert Sherwood,  University of California in Berkeley.


Too often, aided by opacity, the arm of the law is crooked and needs correcting.


Injustice Alerts

Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko denied a fair trial

22nd February, 2014 - Yulia Tymoshenko was released from her seven-year prison sentence. 2012 - When Tymoshenko launched a hunger strike af...

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Injustice Alerts

Red Travel/Business Warning: Bali, Indonesia.

Making a mockery of the Indonesian justice system, corrupt elements in the police and prosecution service, that concoct criminal cases and e...

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Injustice Alerts

Belarus: EU acts against aberrant judges

The European Union penalises politically compliant judges in Belarus. ...

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Reforming Justice

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by Livingston Armytage

The rule-of-law industry appears not to know how to get to where it might want to go, nor where it is going, and so cannot tell whether it has arrived.

“Despite massive ongoing investment in both judicial reform and evaluative endeavours, we remain unable to demonstrate success.”

"Deep down we do not know what we are doing," admits a practitioner. Livingston Armytage proposes a paradigm shift.

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The OpenTrial™ Justice Award

Contact us now to nominate a judge, police chief or prosecutor who has shown outstanding courage in applying integrity, diligence and impartiality in his/her work.

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Judge Albertina Ho of Indonesia, is nominated for having the courage and integrity to, amongst other things, convict former, mid-level tax official Gayus Tambunan of corruption and for presiding over the case of disgraced prosecutor, Cirus Sinaga, who attempted to help Gayus escape justice by leaking sensitive documents. Her courage now appears to be feared  by the corrupt and religious-intolerant.

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Lover of Justice & Truth

What if we, in this acquisitive and ignoble age, were to revive the ethic of Aristides  "The Just" (530 - 468 B.C.)? A quiet, steady man who loved justice and truth, he was not interested in increasing his own wealth or prestige and despised mercenary motives in public men.

Despite all the trophies he won, he was most proud of the fact that he did not make any profit out of public service. Compare that with the feathering of nests, revolving doors, etc. of today. Read more: Oath for Justice


Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 10: "Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."



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