New Dutch legislation is introduced all the time. However, legislators must bear in mind human rights. That’s why it’s important to have an independent organization champion human rights in the Netherlands by checking new policies and proposed legislation against international standards for human rights, and by discussing, lobbying for and reporting on its compliance with those standards.

But discussion and lobbying will only get you so far. Sometimes, legal procedures are required. That’s why the NJCM started the PILP (Public Interest Litigation Project), which focuses on strategic litigation regarding human rights in the Netherlands. Strategic litigation for human and civil rights is the practice of filing lawsuits as part of a strategy intended to create societal, political or legal change. It also helps give individuals and minorities a voice, and makes legal procedures accessible to people whose human rights are at stake.

Adessium Foundation supports the PILP, because we care about protecting the rights of citizens in a democratic society. We believe that fundamental democratic rights need to be safeguarded. Some social issues require a fair and impartial judge passing a formal sentence in order to bring about clear protection under the law.

Adessium Foundation is not involved in the organization’s strategic choices or agenda, nor in its selection process of cases and legal procedures to pursue.

About this partner

The Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP) is part of the Nederlands Juristen Comité voor de Mensenrechten (Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists; NJCM) and explores the options for strategic litigation regarding human rights in the Netherlands. PILP works together with NGOs, lobbying organizations, legal professionals, scientists and activists.

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