In Haiti, LWBC becomes the main partner of the Collectif contre l’impunité, a group of human rights organizations and victims of the dictatorship, in the prosecution of Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity.
LWBC continues its frontline justice project by participating in the construction of the Sant-Jistis Justice Centre, located in the Champ de Mars displacement camp in the heart of Port-au-Prince.
LWBC is also involved in the opening of two decentralized units, at the Tabarre and Delmas town halls, to provide free legal aid services for people in situations of vulnerability.
Each person who presents himself receives a "diagnosis" of the legal problem encountered, as well as the steps to follow in order to resolve it. Court interventions range from applications for support to leave an abusive spouse, to support for for civil parties in criminal matters. In total, more than 700 people benefit from these services, 20% of whom come from displaced persons camps.
In Guatemala, LWBC develops and files innovative arguments in court that help shape domestic and international law and create case law that supports the fight against impunity.
In support of the human rights office that represents victims in the 1982 Las Dos Erres massacre, LWBC staff and dozens of volunteers actively contribute to a historic judicial victory in this case, which had been closed in 1994.
In total, thousands of hours and more than 200 working days are invested in this case to produce legal tools essential to the progress of cases, including victim testimonies, documentary evidence and international and comparative law arguments.
The amounts raised in the Assistance Fund also make it possible to pay court fees and provide transportation for witnesses before international tribunals.
In Colombia, LWBC opens a new office and supports the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CAJAR) in securing convictions of senior officials for serious human rights violations.
With LWBC's support, CAJAR secures the 25-year prison sentence of the former head of Colombia's Administrative Department of Security, Jorge Noguera, for maintaining links with paramilitary leaders and providing them with lists of persons to be assassinated, a key issue in the fight against links between State officials and illegal armed groups.
The Colombian Supreme Court recognizes that Noguera provided paramilitary groups with lists of people who were subsequently murdered. Five soldiers are also convicted of participating in the murder of a representative of indigenous peoples.
CAJAR's work produces historical results, such as the recognition of the jurisdiction of ordinary courts over that of Colombian military courts in cases of human rights violations. As a result, LWBC's partner faces an unprecedented wave of public attacks from senior government officials, including accusations that it incited victims to lie in order to obtain illicit enrichment.
In order to show solidarity with its partner in preserving the two most precious values of human rights defenders, ethics and credibility, LWBC works with the country's authorities and professional legal bodies to restore CAJAR's reputation in public opinion.