In other places, a judge’s rulings can be purchased by the highest bidder. Judges can also be complicit in grave human rights abuses when they convict for ‘crimes’ such as homosexuality, blasphemy or apostasy or when they ignore the due process rights of defendants. Yet judges and prosecutors who violate human rights are rarely held to account. In some countries courtrooms are closed. And even where trials are open to the public, proceedings can be long, convoluted and hard to understand.
In response to these pressing needs, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is developing an initiative focused on monitoring, reporting on, and responding to trials around the world which pose a high risk of human rights violations, including trials where the defendant is a critic of the government or a member of a minority or disenfranchised group. Our intent is to engage on targeted cases in a manner that is outcome-oriented, drives national reforms, and animates domestic conversations about the importance of dignity, equality, and fairness. In addition, the TrialWatch Project, will:
The TrialWatch Project will rely on the involvement of national partners. If you want to…
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is designing a program to advance educational opportunities for Syrian refugees.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is developing the TrialWatch project to limit the use of the courts as a tool for oppression.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has sponsored the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States and will continue to offer support and assistance.