New year, new member cards of the BPI.
Since the election of the new President Blas J. Imbroda in Valencia, the BPI has worked hard to consolidate and occupy space that we must never lose. The work, effort and struggle of the legal profession in the world for International Criminal Justice, the defense and the values and principles on which it is based form the fight to achieve respect for human rights.
The fundamental objective of the legal profession is the defense of the fundamental rights and freedoms and the dignity of the people, among which is the effective equality between men and women.
Historically, the struggle of the advocacy has been the struggle for rights and equality. There cannot be a democratic society in which women are discriminated, or in which equality is not totally effective. It is unacceptable to be a part of a society in which you receive a lower salary for the fact of being a woman. A society that prefers to have men instead of women in positions of responsibility, a society that hinders the fact of being a mother or a society in which women are mistreated. Ultimately, we cannot and should not admit, under any circumstances, a society in which women are treated differently, are undervalued and are discriminated against for the fact of being a woman. This has been and remains a claim and a historical struggle of the legal profession.
The complaint is reaffirmed with an agile and rapid response from the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, which unfortunately are being committed every day in Venezuela. This will fulfill one of its purposes, that the authors of the most execrable crimes that constitute a threat to the peace, security and well-being of humanity, will not go unpunished.
Blas J. Imbroda, president of the International Criminal Bar, joined the initiative of the former Attorney General of Venezuela to get the Criminal Court of The Hague to judge the president and several Chavez soldiers for crimes against humanity. The jurist, who chairs one of the most important lawyers' organizations in the world, is an expert in Criminal Law and International Criminal Law and professor at the Universities of Melilla and Isabel I.
The "Luis del Castillo" Permanent Seminar on International Justice was born within the International Criminal Bar Association with the aim of becoming an instrument of training, research, intellectual debate and exchange of ideas of the international legal community on issues referred to international justice.
Its first edition, in Catalonia, was dedicated to the activation of the future International Master in International Criminal Justice that will begin in 2018, bringing together the coordinators of the different modules in the work to the design of contents, harmonization of the techniques of virtualized teaching, and debate on legal training strategies of international legal actors. The assistants of this meetings were judges, prosecutors and staff of the International Criminal Court and other international courts, lawyers of the Bar Association of the ICC, researchers and teachers from different universities and research centers, and technical staff of International Organizations.
The event was divided in three days in which were conducted the Institutional Act of Inauguration of the Seminar at the Hall of plenary sessions of the City Council of Tarragona, with the mayor, Mr. Josep Fèlix Ballesteros, the General Presentation of the Master of International Criminal Justice: its Mission, Vision, Objectives, teaching methodologies, academic structure, program, contents and dynamics of the subjects; and the Presentation of the content proposals and teachers of the subjects of the Master at the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona and the Illustious Bar Association of Tarragona - ICAT.
The event counted with the attendace of Mr. Fabricio Guariglia, Mr. Esteban Peralta Losilla of the ICC Mr. Santiago Castellà, Academic Director of the Master, Honorary President of the ICB Mr. Luis Del Castillo Aragón, President Mr. Blas J. Imbroda, Secretary General Mrs. Erika Torregrossa, Mrs. Dignité Bwiza coordinator for Africa for the ICB, Mr. Jaume Antich, Mr. Pierre A. Kopp, attached to the presidency of the ICB, Mr. Kenneth Gallant, head of studies of the master, Mr. Daniel Mekonnen, Mrs. Luz Elena Mira, Mrs. Svetlana Paramonova and Mr. Luis Miguel Ojeda Ruiz.
A message of Ms Dignité Bwiza for the Celebration of the International Women’s Day 2018
This Year’s theme for the celebration of the International Women’s Day is “the Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. We celebrate, for the 23 rd time, the Beijing declaration and the tremendous positive impact it brought in the lives of women worldwide. Subsequent to the Beijing conference, laws and policies all over the world were reviewed to provide stronger protection to women against sexual and gender based violence.
On the occasion of the 8th consecutive year of the threatened Attorney, the International Criminal Bar joins the rejection and condemnation of the human rights violations to lawyers in the world.
There is no real official number of lawyers at risk for exercising the right of defense around the world. However, every day lawyers are murdered, threatened, arrested, tortured, prosecuted or simply missing.