Member countries AsF World:
Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Congo Brazzabille, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Guinea (Conakry), Italy, Mali, Mauritania, The Netherlands, Peru, Senegal, Switzerland, Sweden, Togo.
The association, founded in April 1992, was the
initiative of a group of Belgian lawyers whose aim was to provide assistance
and support for the legal profession; with its principle objective being
the promotion and the protection of Human Rights for individuals involved
in legal proceedings all over the world.
The association, which participates in all events of international co-operation,
carries out its activities with the aim of ensuring the effective exercise of the rights of all people; its task being to prevent conflict and
to encourage the respect and dignity of the individual and the public,
within the context of the social, cultural, economic and political development
of their country.
ASF id organized at an international level and is represented in 16
During the past 12 years the association has sent lawyers to support
the rights of the defendant in cases in Turkey, Sierra Leone, Palestine,
Brazil, Albania, Northern Ireland, Burundi, East Timor.
ASF has also played an active part in international justice with its
involvement in the “prepcom” session in New York where the
rules of the procedure for the new Criminal Court of Justice were elaborated.
These rules represent an important step forward with respect to the
current regulations in force in the international courts. They refer
to the rights of the defence during criminal investigations and the rights
of the victim during criminal proceedings.
At the present time ASF other than to give a contribution to the International
Penal Justice System and to the judicial cooperation suggests training
projects to secure a qualified and fair defence in any criminal trial.