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Fundraising for the Human Rights Court

Overview of Fundraising and Resulting Impact


The Board of Trustees of Ignita Veritas United (IVU) has donated several millions of dollars during the formational first 10 years, to develop the intellectual property, infrastructure, legal authorities and official capabilities of its inter-governmental organization (IGO) institutions, including the Sovereign Court of International Justice (SCIJ). At this stage, to launch active public operations for real-world impact, it is necessary for the humanitarian missions to be funded by the general public, through non-profit donations.


Fundraising for the Human Rights CourtGeneral operations enable SCIJ to provide official support and strategic solutions to an available network of over 112,000 lawyers worldwide, including over 27,600 international Judges.


This promotes an independent Legal Profession, empowering lawyers to freely and aggressively oppose human rights violations, without undue influence or interference by governments. It also strengthens the authority of the independent Judiciary Profession, for Judges to fully enforce human rights against any and all violating countries.


Therefore, general operations alone, regardless of processing actual cases, have major humanitarian impact worldwide, restoring access to genuine and effective legal representation of people’s rights, and advancing access to real Justice for meaningful enforcement of human rights. This is also the best way to recruit active volunteers for the Court to process several strategically important cases each year.


Maintaining a basic level of general operations, to support the part-time volunteer work of Judges and Court officers through centralized coordination of a network of volunteers, requires non-profit funding of $150,000 for a full year. This also allows to process 3 judicial cases during that year (more than the UN “ICC” or “ICJ” courts), subject to availability of volunteers. (This could be accomplished by a membership group or network audience of 1,500 humanitarians donating $100 each.)


Conducting full-scale Judiciary operations has an average cost of double the expenses for general operations. Each institutional grant of $300,000 ensures the full-time work of one leading Judge with a team of dedicated support staff, for a full year, allowing to actively process 10 judicial cases in that year. (This could be accomplished by a membership group or network audience of 3,000 humanitarians donating $100 each.)


On a larger scale, an institutional grant of $3.0 million can provide full-time work of 10 leading Judges, each with a team of dedicated support staff, for a full year, actively processing 100 judicial cases in that year. That would give SCIJ the highest capacity, to fully and properly adjudicate more human rights cases than all UN and EU courts combined. (This could be accomplished by a movement of social media groups or a network of membership groups of 30,000 humanitarians donating $100 each.)


Accordingly, each grant of $30,000 can proportionally sustain five weeks of full-scale Judiciary operations under one leading Judge, processing one landmark human rights case complete with judgment and enforcement orders.


Each judgment which is officially issued has a uniquely expanded scope of mass social impact, adding greater weight for amplified effect. A special power of wider impact comes from establishing a legal precedent reasserting the Rule of Law, and a deterrent to violators by demonstrating consequences under law.


Judgments are a tangible and visible result, which serve as a prominent weapon of human rights activists and advocates, giving an official act as a legal fact, to cite, quote, display, distribute, point to, and hold in hand, to compel government respect for rights, and to raise public awareness in defense of rights. They also provide necessary vindication to recover from defamatory persecution, and can even establish legal grounds for asylum, for the primary victims, and for thousands of others with similar human rights cases.


European Court of Human Rights data (2011) shows that 98% of all ECHR cases are refused or dismissed without due consideration, indicating that every Judgment upholding rights represents about 50 similar cases filed which are not processed. With the worldwide caseload (by territory and population) approximately 3 times higher, every one Judgment represents an estimated 150 similar cases which would be filed.


American Bar Association data (2002) shows that less than 2% of cases (including civil rights claims) are filed in federal courts (ABA Litigation Journal 2004, Vol.30, No.2, p.2), such that every case which would be filed represents another 50 similar cases which are never filed in any Court.


Therefore, every judgment issued for one fully processed human rights case represents an estimated total of at least 7,500 similar cases of human rights violations worldwide.


Accordingly, every $30,000 grant to process one case actually benefits 7,500 victims of similar human rights cases, and proportionately, every $100 donation substantially restores the human rights of at least 25 people, meaningfully improving their lives.


Grants Only as Authorized

All grants and donations intended for the IGO must be made to an authorized Account or appointed Trustee of the IGO, as confirmed in writing by the Office of Inspector General at the time. Grants inherently exclude any conditions of influence, which shall not be accepted. All funds will be used exclusively for the humanitarian missions of the IGO under its constitutional Charter.


Grants Exclude Any Services

All grants intended for the IGO must begin with liquid monetary funds available for immediate humanitarian use. Any support services such as “monetizing assets” are outside the scope of IGO missions and executive functions, and shall not involve the IGO government. (The independent university Law Center can be hired for such purposes by a prepaid retainer.)


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