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Every day throughout the world, citizens are arbitrarily detained, tortured and denied access to a fair trial. In many developing countries, governments have demonstrated their commitment to human rights by signing international conventions and implementing domestic laws to safeguard citizen rights. Unfortunately, many of the new laws remain unenforced due to lack of trained lawyers, resources and awareness.
In countries where human rights are often violated, legal aid plays a crucial role: the most decisive indicator of the reduction of abuse and torture is the early presence of a defense attorney. By actively working with local legal aid offices and lawyers, we can prevent human rights abuses from ever happening. Legal aid offices in developing countries often face resource problems that may prevent them from doing their job, thus depriving prisoners of desperately needed legal counsel. Your donation will help us bring them precious material support and access to information resources which would otherwise be unavailable.