The Principle of Universal Jurisdiction empowers national courts to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute the most serious international crimes, regardless of the place where they were committed, the nationality of the possible perpetrator or victims, or the existence of any other connecting link with the State exercising jurisdiction, through the domestic application of international criminal law.
Our work is to promote the use of this legal tool to end impunity for crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes and to defend the victims of these atrocities. We also propose that Ecocide be recognized as an international crime.
These are the rights we all have by virtue of our existence, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnic origin, language, religion or any other condition. They emanate from the dignity of the human person and were internationally enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and subsequently regulated in other international treaties and conventions.
Our work strengthens the respect for different human rights through their dissemination, promotion and education, supporting the victims of their violations and promoting accountability processes in order to end impunity.
These criminal phenomena threaten the rule of law, harm governance and social justice, hinder economic development, and jeopardize the stability of democratic institutions and respect for human rights. It is a global problem that affects the vast majority of the world’s countries, in a context of widespread impunity.
Our work is to disseminate, promote, educate and train on respect for democratic values and the rule of law, as well as the definition of strategies for the protection of those who alert and denounce these social scourges.