INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES TO JUSTICE

Rating: 4.75 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Crime & Law

Location: 198 Tremont St # 447 Boston MA 02116 USA

Mission: In recognition of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Bridges to Justice, as a non-government and non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in Asia. Specifically, IBJ works to guarantee the rights of all citizens to competent legal representation, to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and to a fair trial. To this end, IBJ works to support and enhance governmental legal efforts in Asia to protect citizen rights and implement existing criminal laws through providing training partnerships, legal and administrative structural support and material assistance.
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Rating: 5 stars  

IBJ is a small organization that gets big results for its efforts. Its ultimate aim is simple: end torture worldwide. It has programs in some of the most challenging countries in the world in terms of torture: China, Zimbabwe Rwanda, India. And rather than focus on high profile political torture cases, it instead works to stop the countless cases of torture perpetrated against ordinary defendants caught up in the criminal justice system. But for IBJ, these untold thousands of poor individuals would be forgotten.

Another strong point of the organization is its cost effectiveness. The staff is lean, and it posts high quality training materials on its website for lawyers around the world to access. In its in-country programs, it works through carefully selected local advocates, and also is careful to build support from within the host governments. This is not easy, but somehow IBJ has a great track record doing it.

Having seen many "rule of law" NGOs operate throughout the world, I have witnessed many programs succeed and fail. IBJ stands out among these due to its focus, the commitment of its team, and the results it is getting under very challenging circumstances. A visit to its website is time well spent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have worked in Cambodia since 2003, and maintain relations with many public interest lawyers there. I have heard them report that local judges in the Cambodian provinces specifically say that they really rely on the IBJ field lawyers to provide proper legal counsel and protection to indigent clients who otherwise would be caught up in the abuses of the criminal justice system.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would propose that IBJ direct its efforts to many more countries.

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