Adala for all (AFA) is a non-profit association of lawyers and jurists that provides victims with free and voluntary legal aid.
Statement of Principles
The five fundamental principles establish the ethical, operational, and institutional framework for the activities of the AFA association. These principles are at the heart of our approach towards achieving our objectives.
Principle of humanity
The urge to provide assistance, without distinction, to detainees and victims of grave abuses engendered the birth of the AFA association. All such endeavors are to guarantee detainees’ right to a fair trial, to obtain legal aid, and to access justice guarantees.
Principle of impartiality
We work to provide equal treatment, without discrimination, on the grounds of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political affiliations. The endeavors are to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to prioritize the most urgent cases of distress.
Principle of independence
Adala for all (AFA) is an independent association that strives to maintain independence, at all times, to operate in conformity with its own set of principles.
Principle of voluntary service
We work through a network of lawyers and jurists who offer free and voluntary legal aid to victims.
Principle of Universality of Human Rights
We work to defend the full enjoyment of all Human Rights for all persons, undiminished.
- To enable victims of human rights abuses to access free legal and judicial support.
- To enable young lawyers and legal professionals with the international tools and mechanisms for protecting the right to justice and fair trial.
- To foster citizens’ awareness of Human Rights and the protection of persons, on both the national and the international level.
- To publish research and draft laws on protecting Human Rights, in particular, the right of victims to access to justice, a remedy, and reparation.
- To ensure protection mechanisms for lawyers at risk due to their work in human rights advocacy.
What we do
- Training of lawyers and members of the judiciary in international standards pertaining to access to justice and fair trial.
- Publishing of a periodic legal journal to promote citizen awareness of Human Rights and the protection of persons, on both the national and the international level.
- Appealing against administrative decisions that seek to constrain access to fundamental freedoms, and to further erode access to justice.
- Providing free legal aid to detainees across the spectrum of :
- Members of local organizations.
- Minorities and vulnerable groups.
- Victims of torture and sexual abuse.
Where we work
Adala for all (AFA) association comprises a network of lawyers and jurists on both sides of the Mediterranean, with offices in France and the Netherlands.
The AFA’s primary focus, in its initial operational phase, is seeking to reinforce its network and to strengthen the means of achieving its objectives in Libya and North African countries.