Justice through accountability
From March to August 2019, the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights monitored the criminal trial of academic and prominent women’s and LGBTQ rights activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi in Uganda as part of the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch initiative. Nyanzi was charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication for posting a poem to Facebook suggesting that Uganda would be better off if President Museveni had never been born. The prosecution and conviction of Dr. Nyanzi for political speech constituted a violation of her right to freedom of expression. Additionally, the proceedings were marred by fair trial violations: in particular, the failure to provide the defense with adequate time to call and present witnesses. Experts from the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights assigned this trial a grade of D.See Fairness Report
TrialWatch conducts trial monitoring worldwide in cases that present a significant risk of injustice and advocacy to redress injustices that are identified.
We support the work of The Sentry, whose investigative and policy team follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system.
We are developing The Docket to facilitate accountability for corporate complicity in atrocity crimes.