#WEF2017: Davos place for NGOs

World Economic Forum published an article titled, “#WEF2017: Davos place for NGOs.” The article reads in part as follows;

“Davos – The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland is a platform for leaders in politics and business to debate and chart the way forward on global matters, but it also offers a crucial window for the NGO sector to interact and get buy-in for their initiatives.

The Geneva-based International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is one of a number of organisations that can be found in Davos-Klosters during the week of the WEF, and the forum plays a key role in the portrayal of its core messaging and obtaining support for various programmes.

Founded by former public defender Karen Tse, the IBJ focuses on ending torture around the world by “guaranteeing all citizens the right to competent legal representation, the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial”.

Much of the organisation’s current focus is on the abuse of prisoners, with Tse listing arbitrary detention and torture and “voiceless” people as a huge problem worldwide. And something which does not get the attention it deserves, unless it explodes into the open, as has happened with the deadly prison riots in Brazil recently.
Tse said that an IBJ study had found that 113 countries around the world still had cases of systematic torture, but that of this number, 93 nations had passed legislation declaring torture to be illegal.

Describing this a a ‘huge window of opportunity’, she also lamented the fact that people cared so little about the plight of prisoners that no one had ever even bothered to check or question their research. ‘It is extremely hard to get people to care’, Tse said.”

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