Wednesday September 21, 2011
Jalal re-elected to ICJ
The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) and the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) this week congratulate Fiji human rights lawyer Imrana Jalal on her re-election to the prestigious International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) as Commissioner.
“The women’s movement in Fiji wholeheartedly congratulates Imrana on her re-election! Her presence in the executive is reflective of her dedication towards upholding the rule of law and human rights,” said FWRM Executive Director Virisila Buadromo.
According to FWCC’s Coordinator Shamima Ali “Imrana’s re-election comes as no surprise as she has always been steadfast in her beliefs; and has suffered much persecution because of it”.
Imrana is one of the founding members of FWRM and was first voted onto the ICJ in 2006.
The ICJ is a Geneva based international organization of 60 internationally voted eminent jurists, judges and lawyers, with a network of country chapters who are dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights.
What distinguishes the ICJ is its impartial, objective and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights through the rule of law.
The ICJ provides legal expertise at both the international and national levels to ensure that developments in international law adhere to human rights principles and that international standards are implemented at the national level. For over five decades, the ICJ has played a seminal role in establishing international human rights standards and working towards their implementation. Through pioneering activities, including inquiry commissions, trial observations, fact-finding missions, public denunciations and quiet diplomacy, the ICJ has been a powerful advocate for justice.
Voting for the 60 Commissioners and members of the executive takes place by secret ballot over a period of one month. For the first time Imrana was also elected on to the executive of the ICJ taking her position alongside the likes of Justice Pedro Nikken, formerly judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (President), Justice Unity Dow of Botswana and Justice John Dowd of Australia.
Former Presidents of ICJ include Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN Human Rights Commissioner; and former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of South Africa. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis, and the organization is run by an international staff. It has regional offices in Asia, South America and South Africa. The executive of ICJ meets in Geneva on a regular basis to shape the direction of ICJ’s global activities.
Aside from her affiliation with FWRM Imrana was the former Human Rights Adviser for the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT). She is currently based in Manila.