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14 May 2017

Happy birthday and long live #ASF25!

On 14 May 1992, a group of solicitors and barristers created Avocats Sans Frontières with the aim of “defending human rights in all countries around the world”. Twenty-five years on, our ideal of ensuring access to justice for all remains very much alive. Our organisation has gained strength from its experiences through the years, its capacity for innovation, the unswerving enthusiasm of its teams and the support of its partners, who have sent us their birthday wishes in video. To discover these films, visit our website and follow us on social media throughout 2017.

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2 May 2017

Human rights: Tunisia under scrutiny

Tunisia is today presenting its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review initiated by the United Nations Human Rights Council. ASF, along with other civil society organisations, has contributed to the event by means of an alternative report. ASF is in particular calling for the withdrawal of the economic and financial reconciliation bill that would enable the legal proceedings against corruption, launched since the departure of the former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali six years ago, to be closed down.

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27 March 2017

Belgian Ministry for Development earmarks funding for access to justice

Excellent news: ASF has just been granted significant funding for five years by the Belgian DGD (Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid). This aid will be used for projects supporting justice in five countries: Burundi, Indonesia, Morocco, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This also represents ASF’s first project in Indonesia.

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13 March 2017

ASF Congo 15 ans anniversaire

ASF in DR Congo: 15 years of commitment

ASF has come a long way since it started up its activities in Congo 15 years ago. Its aim, from the very beginning, has been to ensure that people become more aware of their rights and can enforce them. We opened our first office in Kinshasa on 12 March 2002. Since then, we’ve developed a wide range of projects. Our network has grown nationwide, thanks to all those we have met who supported us, offering their advice and expertise, working with us in circumstances that were not always easy.

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8 March 2017

Women’s rights in Zambia: involving all levels of society

On this 8 March, International Women’s Day, ASF is focusing on the project it has been running in Zambia for the past year in partnership with the organisation Young Women’s Christian Association. The aim of making women the authors of their own emancipation is central to the activities of both organisations. The first results are very positive.

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23 February 2017

ASF opens new headquarters in Brussels

The start of 2017 has been marked by a sense of renewal for ASF. For the past eight years, our premises on the rue de Namur have served as the base for the work of our dedicated team, but this Monday our Brussels headquarters relocated to a different quarter of the city: avenue de la Chasse 140, in Etterbeek.

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13 February 2017

Tunisia: fighting against terrorism, but at what cost?

ASF, the Tunisian National Bar Association and the Tunisian League for Human Rights are calling on the Tunisian authorities to review the 2015 counter-terrorism act. Enforcement of this act raises issues regarding the right to a fair trial. The three partner organisations say that respecting human rights is a democratic state’s main weapon for fighting against terrorism effectively.

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8 February 2017

Appointment of members to the Truth and Dignity Commission in Tunisia: a call for transparency

Nine civil society organisations in Tunisia, including ASF, are calling on the temporary Special Committee tasked with examining and sorting applications to the Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) to respect the provisions of the transitional justice law with regard to the procedure for appointing IVD members.

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2 February 2017

Fostering respect at ASF events

The events and conferences run by Avocats Sans Frontières are notable for their warm and friendly atmosphere, based around the enthusiastic manner in which knowledge and experiences are shared. Wishing to make our guests feel as safe and relaxed as possible, and in line with the organisation’s values, we have recently adopted an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy.

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25 January 2017

Reparations at the core of transitional justice in Uganda

ASF releases two publications on reparations for victims of mass crimes in Uganda. They aim at assisting all stakeholders dealing with reparations in the country and, particularly, victims, their counsels and the judges of the International Crimes Division. They will also give a new kick-start to the transitional justice process. While reparations are only one component of this process, they may serve as an “icebreaker” to open the door for the implementation of other measures including truth, justice and reform.

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