Objectives and achievements


Main objectives:

• To participate in defending alleged victims of human rights violations, by pleading for their innocence, acquittal and freedom.(See concept of falsely accused);

• To inform the Canadian public and beyond of cases of human rights violations;

• To defend and promote the fundamental democratic values and principles especially, the presumption of innocence and the ban on torture;

•  To investigate and verify relevant facts and information in cases of alleged injustice;

• To create a network of partnerships between Canadian, Pan-American and European human rights organizations.

 

Actions and achievements: 

In order to help victims and their families, En Vero implements 3 plans of action: 

Judicial :

  • Preparing  documents with the Organization’s legal opinion on a specific case, currently known as amicus curiae, consisting in a reasoned and argued recommendation sent to the judge
  • Preparing appeals and legal recourses at national and international levels
  • Participation in the elaboration of judicial defense strategies in partnership with the victims, their families and their lawyers (without ever imposing a defensive strategy)
  • Linking victims with pro bono lawyers
  • Writing of complaints in the name of the victims against those responsible for the violations of the human rights and rules of procedure

 Media :

  • Publication of objective information concerning the cases of the falsely accused persons and the investigation results on our website and on the websites of partner associations
  • Translation and diffusion of media content related to current cases in the three official languages of the organization (French, English, Spanish)
  • Representation in the media of people who are isolated and condemned to silence
  • Organization of interviews between media sources and the victims or their representatives
  • Implementation of campaigns across social media regarding current cases and general problems with the respect of human rights

Psychological : We consider the mental state of the alleged victims and their family members with regard to the suffering they may have endured and the effects this may have on their defense.

  • Making secure means of communication available for the victims, their families and people who defend human rights whose safety and security are threatened
  • Maintaining regular contact with the victims and/or their representatives through these secure means of communication
  • Implementation of measures aiming to ensure physical and psychological security and integrity of the victims and their families
  • Organization of visits to the imprisoned victims by the members of En Vero
  • Organization of psychologist visits to the families of the victims (pilot project)

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