In Mali, LWBC's work continues to give a concrete voice to the victims of the conflict through the Justice, Prevention and Reconciliation for Women, Minors and Other Persons Affected by Conflict (JUPREC) project, particularly in the central and northern parts of the country, which are still very difficult to access.
By first consulting 2,900 of these people in the Timbuktu, Gao, Mopti and Segou regions, and then in the Bamako region with populations who have moved south as a result of the conflict, LWBC and its partners are engaging directly with victims and witnesses and allowing them to express their needs and expectations for reparation.
LWBC continues to strengthen spaces for dialogue that bring together representatives of civil society, the armed forces, non-state armed groups and government around the same table. These spaces include guarantees of non-repetition of human rights violations.
Similarly, the Strengthening of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission for Peace and Stabilization in Mali (RCVJR) project allows LWBC to provide technical support to the Commission vérité, justice et réconciliation (Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, or "CVJR") in mapping human rights violations committed during the conflict. This mapping will strengthen investigation methods and help to qualify the facts identified in the light of applicable international law.
In Haiti, access to justice and the fight against impunity are at the heart of a major new project launched in partnership with Fondasyon Konesans ak libète (FOKAL), the Office de la protection du citoyen d'Haïti (Office of Ombudsman - OPC) and the Protecteur du citoyen du Québec (Quebec Ombudsman), through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
Through the production of artistic projects, FOKAL supports initiatives that relate to civic engagement, awareness and citizen participation by fostering the development of associative, social and cultural life in the country.
This project, which targets women in particular, seeks to strengthen civil society organizations and lawyers representing victims of serious human rights violations. It also aims to stimulate and increase citizen participation in the consolidation of the rule of law, in particular through more effective advocacy actions related to issues of direct concern to the Haitian population: the fight against impunity, the fight against corruption and human rights.
By directly supporting the work of the OPC, LWBC promotes an increased range of community-based services for people in situations of vulnerability, as well as better documentation of human rights violations in the country.
In Colombia, LWBC launches the new Justice transitionnelle pour les femmes (Transitional Justice for Women, JUSTRAM) project, made possible thanks to the Government of Canada's contribution through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program (PSOPs). This project aims to give a voice to the victims of the conflict, especially women, so that they can have better access to justice and better express their expectations regarding the implementation of the peace process.
The project also aims to support civil society, particularly in more remote areas, in order to promote understanding of the issues related to the peace process and thus promote the creation of spaces for dialogue.
Together with its partner FASOL, LWBC travels to the departments of Santander and Arauca to attend meetings with officials from the judiciary and other state institutions.
These meetings shed new light on the state of human rights in these regions, while at the same time assessing the level of risk faced by judicial officials in the context of their mandate and identifying factors affecting their security and judicial independence.
LWBC also supports young law students living in remote areas to provide them with the same learning opportunities as those living in major centres. With its partner Equipo juridicos pueblos (EJP), an organization with more than 10 years of experience in strategic litigation and legal representation of people in vulnerable situations, LWBC organizes for the second time the Interuniversity Competition on International Criminal Law (ICL Competition).
This event allows students from five universities in the Bucaramanga region to improve their knowledge of international law through practical exercises, while providing them with argumentation and stress management techniques during oral presentations.
In Mozambique, a first project is completed as LWBC supports local organizations in following up on the recommendations made by the United Nations (UN) during the country's Universal Periodic Review, a national process held under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council.
This process consists of reviewing the human rights achievements of all Member States.
In Ghana, initial missions are carried out in collaboration with Carrefour international and the organization Women in Law for Development in Africa (WILDAF).
The objective is to meet women's groups in order to exchange experiences and learn more about projects on domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.