Saturday, 6th February 2016

INJUSTICE IS A SCOURGE ON OUR PLANET. IT BLIGHTS THE LIVES OF BILLIONS. OPENTRIAL IS AT THE VERY FOREFRONT OF ENSURING LEGAL SYSTEMS COME TO 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

'Justice' systems generally serve the minority and fail the majority. 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).

Consequently, one in nine people around the world go to bed hungry every night (Could you rise out of such poverty in such circumstances?), which is why we are passionate about lifting individuals, families, communities and societies out of retarding mires of exploitation, abuse and poverty that are caused by injustice.

 

ENSURING  ALL ARE PROTECTED EQUALLY BY THE LAW 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. 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 are part of a long-overdue paradigm shift and focus on changing legal systems from without so that they change from within. We harness modern technology to Inform & Expose and, thus, to democratise the law. Ours is a dynamic, flexible, solution-oriented approach. 

 

Engage with us at the forefront of overcoming barriers to justice. Contact us at: info[at]opentrial.org , and/or join others in donating to our work here:

 

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Interpol Boss, Ronald Noble, Sees Red Over Red Notices

2/12/13 - FTI's report added. 26/03/13 - This article was updated in the light of Mr. Ron Noble's stridency in absolving himself of any responsibility for the highly detrimental consequences of Red Notices when abused and the conduct of rogue officers in Interpol's National Central Bureaus. ...

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Strictly no (more) white elephants, please!

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Despite the best of intentions, copious amounts of money and, seemingly, the best advice available, rule of law building by prominent players in the field – such white elephant progenitors as the...

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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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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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