In tackling human trafficking, not only do we need well trained police forces, prosecutors and judiciary, but we also require consistency in law enforcement, without the presence of corruption.
No matter what ill we are trying to tackle in our society, or in developing nations, the rule of law, which states that no one is above the law, and that everyone should be subject to the law – is foundational.
Without the institution of the rule of law into any given State, the justice system as a whole will fail.
It is therefore crucial for aid, development, humanitarian and justice programs in particularly developing nations to partner with those who can work towards the institution of the rule of law, as an overarching solution to crime and victimisation.
The Rule of Law Institute of Australia’s Principles are helpful as an outline of an understanding of what the rule of law is, demonstrated by application of the following principles in practice:
- The separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.
- The law is made by representatives of the people in an open and transparent way.
- The law and its administration is subject to open and free criticism by the people, who may assemble without fear.
- The law is applied equally and fairly, so that no one is above the law.
- The law is capable of being known to everyone, so that everyone can comply.
- No one is subject to any action by any government agency other than in accordance with the law and the model litigant rules, no one is subject to any torture.
- The judicial system is independent, impartial, open and transparent and provides a fair and prompt trial.
- All people are presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise and are entitled to remain silent and are not required to incriminate themselves.
- No one can be prosecuted, civilly or criminally, for any offence not known to the law when committed.
- No one is subject adversely to a retrospective change of the law.
We need to be greater advocates for the rule of law.
Women and children are often the most vulnerable in societies, and often the most victimised.
This inspirational TED Talk, given Gary Haugen, a US Prosecutor and founder of International Justice Mission gives real, tangible and inspirational examples of how influential the institution of the rule of law can be for the safety of women and children, leading in increased opportunities for women and children to be educated, giving them a chance to break generational poverty in their families and communities.
A large part of tackling poverty is addressing the insurmountable violence that women and children face in any given community, which does not adhere to the principles of the rule of law.
Be an advocate for global change today, be and advocate for the eradication of poverty, for the eradication of human trafficking, by advocating for the rule of law.