Justice International is providing legal assistance to lawyers and human rights defenders (HRDs) in the countries of Eurasian region. Our pro-bono experts help lawyers and human rights defenders in specific individual cases pending against them. Depending on the need, the experts support the HRDs by advising on legal strategy of the case and the best steps to take that are in line with local and international legal standards. Where applicable, the experts also help prepare and submit legal submissions and requests on behalf of the HRDs. Our staff has over fifteen combined years of international human rights practice, and our pro-bono legal experts are hand-picked to make sure they have specific legal and language expertise to be able to help the lawyers and HRDs and support them in individual cases.
For example, we supported the defense of Gaspar Matalaev after he was persecuted for his efforts to shine a light on inhumane labor practices in Turkmenistan’s cotton industry. The experts filed a petition to the United Nation Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that issued an opinion and found Gaspar’s arrest and detention arbitrary and asked for immediate release. Around 91,000 people petitioned for Gaspar’s release as a result of the campaign by Freedom United and many other organizations.