Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and reinforcement of commitments to the principles and norms of human rights. GICJ is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and is governed by the Swiss Civil Code and its statutes.
Basing its work on the rules and principles of International Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law, GICJ observes and documents human rights violations and seeks justice for their victims through all legal means available.
GICJ’s mission is to improve lives by tackling violations and all forms of violence and degrading or inhumane treatment through the strengthening of respect for human rights; reinforcing the independence of lawyers and judiciaries; consolidating the principles of equity and non-discrimination; ensuring rule of law is upheld; promoting a culture of awareness on human rights; and combating impunity.
The primary objectives of Geneva International Centre for Justice are to combat human rights violations, reinforce commitment to human rights principles, raise awareness of violations, hold violators accountable and seek justice for victims.
Within the scope of these overall objectives, GICJ also hopes to:
Strengthen respect for, and commitment to, human rights under all circumstances and at all times, leading to the implementation of rules and procedures aimed at putting an end to violations and combating impunity.
Consolidate the principles of equity and non-discrimination and in effort to contribute to the elimination of all forms of discrimination including race, religion, skin color and intellectual beliefs.
Work towards the strengthening of the rule of law and the independence of lawyers and judiciaries, thereby contributing to the guarantee of fair trials and due process.
Expose and document human rights violations and prepare all possible and necessary reports, studies, appeals, notifications, and data for the use and consideration of relevant and competent bodies and mechanism, particularly within the United Nations.
Contribute to societies and individuals’ awareness of human rights through the dissemination of a human rights culture.
Combat all forms of violence, degrading or inhumane treatment, and abuses of human dignity in prisons and detention centers.
GICJ relies on diverse methods and resources to raise awareness of human rights violations and achieve its mission. We work with a coalition of NGOs on the ground and around the world, which provide us with accurate, up to date information on violations. GICJ also works with networks of academics, lawyers and experts who contribute their knowledge and expertise on relevant issues and cases.
Headquartered in Geneva, the United Nations and corresponding human rights mechanisms are pivotal to our work. GICJ participates extensively with these mechanisms, in particular the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Our participation with the United Nations includes preparing and submitting reports on human rights violations for the HRC; delivering oral statements during sessions; organizing side events; informing and writing urgent appeals to relevant representatives and special rapporteurs on cases of human rights violations; and participating in meetings on human rights issues and civil society.
In addition to our work with the United Nations, GICJ also collaborates and coordinates with international organizations, NGOs, universities and research centres. We prepare reports and studies on particular situations and cases in the context of human rights and international law and use our partnerships and networks to ensure their wide distribution. Further, GICJ works with varying stakeholders in an attempt to find peaceful and fair resolutions to human rights- related conflicts.
In full agreement with the United Nations’ acknowledgment of the “fundamental importance of human rights education and training in contributing to the promotion, protection and effective realization of all human rights”, GICJ works to educate on human rights law and human rights violations. To this end, GICJ organizes forums and workshops on these subjects and disseminates all resulting work and information. Recognizing the importance of, and the impact that well-trained and knowledgeable individuals can have on the advancement of human rights and in educating others on the subject, GICJ develops and organizes human rights trainings and courses.