Please see below for examples the Center's public work involving women and girls as part of the Clooney Foundation for Justice TrialWatch Initiative.
In July and August 2019, the Center monitored the retrial of Evelyn Hernandez in El Salvador. Ms. Hernandez was prosecuted for aggravated homicide based on an obstetric emergency she suffered while giving birth. Although Ms. Hernandez was acquitted, her retrial was marred by due process violations.
In June 2019, the Center monitored criminal proceedings against Diana* in El Salvador. Diana was prosecuted for aggravated homicide in connection with an out-of-hospital delivery. Although the San Salvador court ultimately dismissed the charges against Diana for lack of evidence, the authorities’ conduct throughout the proceedings violated a number of her rights, including the right to liberty, the right to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to privacy.
From February to March 2020, the Center monitored the criminal trial of Gulzhan Pasanova in the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan). Ms. Pasanova was prosecuted for and convicted of the offense of grievous bodily harm for fatally injuring her husband. Ms. Pasanova, who had been subjected to long-term domestic abuse by her husband, claimed she acted in self-defense. The proceedings against Ms. Pasanova were marred by serious fair trial violations: in particular, violations of the right to call and examine witnesses, the right to an impartial tribunal, the right to appeal, and the right to the presumption of innocence. Further, the prosecutor and court disregarded the documented history of domestic violence, in contravention of Ms. Pasanova’s right to be free from discrimination.