Caribbean Pro Bono and Social Justice Lawyering Group

Publié le 13 Décembre 2016

 

Plus de 40 juristes venus de 13 pays de la Caraibe ont répondu présents à un appel en vue d'assurer des services juridiques pro bono (gratis) à des populations mal desservies, particulièrement vulnérables aux atteintes aux droits humains et au HIV.

Un atelier s'est tenu à Trinidad les 1er et 2 décembre 2016, organisé par la Faculté de Droit, l'UWI, Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP) sur le thème "Everybody is Somebody", Pro Bono and Social Justice Lawyering, financé par  Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund administré par the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC).
 

Ces juristes ont convenu de former le Caribbean Pro Bono and Social Justice Lawyering Group pour augmenter les perspectives de représentation légale et/ou d'avis de haute qualité pour cette  population mal servie, qui non seulement fait face à un risque élevé de HIV, mortalité et/ou morbidité comparé à la population générale mais a également peu accès à l'nformation et aux services.

Cela inclut ceux qui vivent avec le HIV,  se droguent, les prisonniers, travailleurs du sexe, homo/bisexuels, transgenres.

Dans de nombreux pays, femmes, jeunes,  filles, jeunesse, migrants , ruraux figurent aussi parmi ceux qui ne sont pas servis de façon adéquate.

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"We are extremely heartened by the response," said Arif Bulkan, of the Faculty of Law The UWI St Augustine, and co-coordinator of U-RAP, continuing, "Both senior attorneys with illustrious careers at the Bar and in championing human rights cases as well as many young lawyers, some of whom have been called to the Bar as recently as this year, have together agreed to form the group.”

Bulkan noted that this development is consistent with the mission of U-RAP, which was formed in 2009 to promote human rights and social justice by undertaking and participación in strategic litigation, socio-legal research and legal education in collaboration with Caribbean lawyers and Caribbean civil society.

Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), in welcoming the development, said, "The groups we serve are the most likely to face stigma and discrimination, to be targeted for human rights violations, be over policed and wrongfully detained, denied the protections under the law including the Constitution that other citizens are accorded, and who often lack the wherewithal to afford legal representation of the highest quality."

Gomes added, "This new network of lawyers willing and ready to come to their aid is a very big deal indeed."

 

Rédigé par Karevé

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