Call for Cases - legal support for international human rights co urts or treaty-monitoring bodies
- Please let networks know and contact Cynthia Morel directly.
From: Trudy Bray <ozbrays2@...>
To: RecOzNet2 <recoznettwo@...>
Subject: [recoznettwo] Call for Cases
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 9:05 AM
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Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 2002 1:18 PM
Subject: Call For Cases
November 27, 2002
Please let people know.
CALL FOR CASES
MINORITY RIGHTS GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is currently launching an
international project to provide legal support to cases before the
international human rights courts or treaty-monitoring bodies. This is
aimed to help broaden the interpretation of the law regarding the rights
of minorities and indigenous peoples at the regional and universal levels.
Accordingly, MRG is issuing a call for cases to its partners and to
other NGOs working on relevant issues in an effort to identify cases
which have the potential of setting the strongest legal precedent for
the protection of minority rights. This may include complaints presently
being heard by domestic courts.
In forwarding cases to MRG, you are invited to give input on matters
relating to the litigation strategies or legal mechanisms that, in your
opinion, would be most likely to render a successful outcome. You are
also invited to communicate your level of interest in becoming actively
involved in the litigation process, and in what capacity. Documents
accompanying this letter will detail the additional information which
will be critical in helping us identify the most appropriate test cases.
The first document of interest is the MRG Information Form for
International Complaints. Accompanying this is a guideline which will
help you complete the form. A final document briefly summarises the
procedural requirements and the practical issues which will form the
basis of selection for the test cases. This is strictly for your
information, and not to be completed along with the Complaints Form.
In order to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information, MRG
strongly encourages your organisation to forward our call for cases to
others. Of particular value would be the contact of NGOs in your country
or region with whom you have collaborated in the past, and who may be in
a position to make an important contribution to this project.
Selected cases as well as questions or comments concerning this
initiative may be directed to Cynthia Morel, the new legal cases officer
at MRG, who will be managing the initial stages of this project. Ms
Morel can be reached by email at cynthia.morel@...
<mailto:cynthia.morel@...>. Alternatively, information should be
sent by post to 379 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7DE, UK.
Once cases have been selected, we will discuss the possible courses of
action that are available with you. MRG strongly encourages creative
legal solutions and looks forward to receiving your input at your
With sincere thanks and best wishes,
Legal Cases Officer
<<Complaint Form.doc>> <<Form Guidelines.doc>> <<Selection Criteria for