On 24-26 September 2014, the ICJ conducted a workshop on fair trial standards and trial monitoring for Vietnamese lawyers in Manila, Philippines.
The objectives of the workshop were to strengthen the participants’ understanding of fair trial standards and to increase the pool of trained lawyers available to conduct trial monitoring activities in the ASEAN region.
As part of the workshop, the participants observed several criminal proceedings at the Regional Trial Court of Quezon city and visited the Paranaque City Jail, in Manila.
The speakers included experts from the Free Legal Aid Group (FLAG), the Human Rights Resource Center (HRRC), and the Asian International Justice Initiative (AIJI).
The ICJ’s manual on trial monitoring, which was used at the training, provides trial observers with practical guidance on how to prepare for a trial observation mission, carry out the observation and write the follow-up report.
It also provides a synthesis of the basic legal standards applicable in relation to (i) the right to a fair trial, (ii) the right to remedy of victims of human rights violations, and (iii) combating impunity.