Who are we
The Committee for Justice (CFJ) is an independent association for the defense of human rights based in Geneva, Switzerland and established in 2015 by a diverse group of human rights advocates. It seeks to defend victims of and persons vulnerable to human rights violations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
CFJ strives to present a credible picture of the situation of human rights in the region to the international community, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and knowledge hubs; in which to support victims of human rights violations as well as enhance human rights situation through monitoring, documentation and presentation of human rights violations and developments in policy and practice in those countries where there is a lack of such information.
Through its work, CFJ aspires to contribute to initiatives aimed at obtaining reparation and justice for victims as well as in countering impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations.
In 2023 CFJ has been granted consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) upon the recommendation of the Non-Governmental Organizations Committee, which comprises 19 member states.
Creating a supportive environment that empowers victims of human rights violations to seek accountability and reparation, and to deter future violations.
Developing and implementing effective mechanisms that protect and defend the victims of human rights violations, through providing them with direct and indirect forms of support, in addition to working in accordance with the mechanisms of dealing with the past; in order to be able to support a future transitional justice phase.
The objectives were rephrased in view of the CFJ three core objectives:
- Protecting and defending human rights victims on the long-term through implementing mechanisms for dealing with the past to serve the transitional justice phase.
- Supporting human rights victims over a short period of time.
- Supporting and empowering human rights defenders to operate safely and professionally.