In Haiti, after the terrible earthquake that shook the country, most of the justice infrastructure, centralized in Port-au-Prince, was destroyed and some key actors in Haiti's justice system lost their lives
LWBC receives prompt support from the Barreau du Québec and the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START) of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada to go into the field to support its partners and deploy the Justice de première ligne d’urgence et de transition (Frontline Emergency and Transition Justice) project. An office is established in Port-au-Prince.
LWBC collaborates with ASF Belgium, which has extensive experience in community justice centres, as well as with the Port-au-Prince Bar Association, Delmas City Hall and the Mouvement des femmes pour l’éducation et le développement (MOUFHED).
In the camps for displaced persons, a team of Haitian lawyers and workers provides legal aid services to victims, including the issuance of civil status documents, such as death certificates, inheritance and property rights documents. Efforts are also being made to support women and girls who are victims of gender-based violence (GBV), as well as minors who are abusively detained.
In Guatemala, in a context of the increasing criminalization of human rights defenders, accused of terrorism and crimes against national security, LWBC launches the Renforcement de la représentation légale en matière de litige stratégique de droits humains (Strengthening Legal Representation in Strategic Human Rights Litigation) project. One of the aims of this project is to enable victims of the armed conflict (1960-1996) and civil society organizations (CSOs) to be effectively represented before national and international courts.
In order for lawyers to be able to practice their profession more safely, LWBC takes steps to encourage the association of various human rights firms.
Inspiring partnerships are established with the Bufete de los abogados de derechos humanos, the Asociasion Bufete juridico popular de Rabinal, the Centro para la accion legal en derechos humanos (CALDH), the Unidad de proteccion de defensoras y defensores de derechos humanos (UDEFEGUA), the Asociasion des abogados mayas and the Instituto des estudios en ciencias penales de Guatemala (ICCPG).
In an effort to increase the legal capacity of CSOs, LWBC even creates a Legal and Judicial Support Fund to facilitate the management of strategic litigation cases. LWBC therefore contributes directly to the establishment of a specialized law firm for this type of case, as well as to the reorganization of law firms so that they can receive victims under appropriate conditions.
The strengthening of the methodology, the systematization of work and the implementation of a new evidence classification system remain to this day among LWBC's most significant contributions to the development of the profession in the country.
In Colombia, after years of supporting our partners, the fight against impunity takes a significant step forward and is becoming more and more a reality. LWBC contributes to the conviction of six Colombian soldiers for the murder of an indigenous leader and publishes a trial observation report.
The Colectivo de abogados José Alvar Restrepo (CAJAR) obtains significant convictions in favour of human rights defenders, including the conviction of soldiers for the 1985 assault on the Bogota Palace of Justice, which resulted in the deaths of 5 guerrillas and 11 magistrates.
As part of the negotiations leading to a peace agreement in Colombia, and with the collaboration of ASF Belgium and the support of the European Union (EU), Lwbc launches a new project to promote and implement the principles of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court at the national level.