Wednesday, 2nd September 2015

INJUSTICE IS A SCOURGE ON OUR PLANET. IT BLIGHTS THE LIVES OF BILLIONS. OPENTRIAL IS AT THE VERY FOREFRONT OF ENSURING LEGAL SYSTEMS PROPERLY SERVE THEIR SOCIETIES.

WHERE LEGAL SYSTEMS ARE DYSFUNCTIONAL, THE THEFT OF LAND, MURDER, RAPE, ENSLAVEMENT, ILLEGAL DETENTION, ASSAULT, POLICE ABUSE AND OPPRESSION CRIPPLE THE LIVES OF THE POOR GENERATION AFTER GENERATION

Here are some eye-opening statistics: 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 rountinely 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; 5 million people are evicted from their land and homes yearly, with many more running off out of fear of violence; 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); and the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide is 59.5 million. (As for murders and disappearances, see this article about 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.

 

OUR IMPERATIVE IS TO ENSURE ALL ARE PROTECTED EQUALLY BY THE LAW. THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE BY CREATING A DYNAMIC FOR JUSTICE™

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.

 

Our strategies for change are based on realism and focus on socially-inclusive methods to advance justice. We harness modern technology to open legal systems up to public scrutiny and, therefore, create a Dynamic for Justice™Ours is a dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented approach based on empathy and driven by humanity and zeal. 

 

Many barriers to justice exist; but they can be overcome. Engage with us at the forefront, email us with any questions now at: info[at]opentrial.org , and/or donate to our work here:

 

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To understand the wide-ranging and deeply adverse effects of injustice, we recommend: The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence - by Gary A. Haugen. Our review can be accessed by clicking on the 'Publications' tab above.

 

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Criminal records that net the innocent

Criminal records are aimed at protecting society from criminals; but, if a proper balance is not struck, they can victimise the innocent, especially where data from dysfunctional justice sectors are included. ...

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Rule of law reform; does it work?

Frank Richardson June-14-2013

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Indonesia's Flawed Justice System

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Interpol Boss, Ronald Noble, Sees Red Over Red Notices

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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.

 

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Lexposé™

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]opentrial.org 

 

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"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.

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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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