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Facilitating welfare and human rights in Bangladesh

The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh more than a year ago led to 1,129 deaths[1] and drew international attention to the extreme poverty of the garment industry. In its 2014 election manifesto, the Bangladeshi Government declared a “war against poverty,” with a commitment to introduce private pension schemes by 2018.

CAPPB contract extended!

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Pro Bono (CAPPB), which is housed within the Law Council of Australia, will continue to facilitate requests for legal assistance from the Asia-Pacific region with pro bono providers in Australia until 30 June 2015.

An initiative of the Law Council and the Australian Government in 2011, the funding agreement for the CAPPB was originally due to end on 30 June 2014. However, a one-year extension has been granted by the Attorney-General’s Department.

Lawyers sought for Cambodian court

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials is seeking lawyers who are willing to undertake a secondment at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh. 

The secondments are available at the Office of the International Co-Investigating Judge and Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) and would allow law firms to fulfil their pro bono responsibilities, give their lawyers international criminal law experience and contribute to the advancement of international criminal law.