In Mali, the Justice, Prevention and Reconciliation for Women, Minors and Other Persons Affected by Conflict (JUPREC) program is launched. This five-year programme focuses on women who suffered sexual violence during the 2012 armed conflict.
The project, supported financially by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), is carried jointly with the Centre d’études et de coopération internationale (CECI) and the École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP).
The Protection of the Rights of Children, Women and Other Vulnerable Communities (PRODEF) project is launched together with the International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR).
This new five-year initiative, which covers nine countries, aims to improve access to justice for minors and people in situations of vulnerability.
Together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, LWBC organizes and facilitates a round table with civil society and Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura, Deputy Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General on the issue of sexual violence in conflict.
At home, LWBC is engaged in the defense of Raïf Badawi, a Saudi blogger sentenced to be flogged for claiming his freedom of expression on social media. The Barreau du Québec joins with LWBC to build the legal case for Mr. Badawi's release.
LWBC's contribution sheds light on the irregularities in Mr. Badawi's trial. Not only is the organization able to demonstrate that Saudi Arabia has failed to comply with the rules of international law to which it is subject, it is also able to demonstrate that it has violated its own national law.