JUSTICE WATCH IRELAND (JWI) is an NGO human rights organisation currently in the process of becoming a registered charity.
JWI was co-founded by Gerry Conlon (Guildford four) and other dedicated human rights campaigners early in 2013 during their involvement with the ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ campaign.
As an organisation we are dedicated to giving a voice to those who wrongly fall foul of the justice system.
We identify where miscarriages of justice can occur due to legislation and, where it has been inflicted on individuals. We lobby on their behalf ensuring maximum public awareness.
We also provide an advocacy service helping people who are still inside prison claiming their innocence.
We help people gain access to the best defence lawyers available as well as forensic and medical experts where required. We can provide access to contacts within the media, to help raise the profile of their cases and bring cases to the public’s attention.
We assist innocent people and their families, both in prison and on their release. These services are not restricted to prisoners but are also offered to their extended family and friends who need support and guidance
We operate as a non-profitmaking organisation with a strict non-discrimination policy.
Although we are a non-political organisation we will put miscarriages of justice on the political agenda.
We currently receive no formal funding for the crucial work JWI undertake.
Why do you need JWI?
We are a unique organisation who work solely in Ireland, both North and South, with the experience, determination and knowledge to deal with the legacy of a troubled Ireland by working on behalf of innocent people.
The prison population has doubled in the past 20 years, and the fact that no one has ever been held responsible for an abuse or miscarriage of justice, has led to a steady growth of innocent people going to Prison.
The widespread effect of wrongful conviction extends not only to the wrongfully accused but also to their families (who become but victims themselves).
We offer care and support to all victims.