WHO ARE WE?
We are MOJAS. The Miscarriages of Justice Awareness Society is a society which primarily aims to raise public awareness of Miscarriages of Justice.
The Society was founded in 2015 with the aim of working closely with Law students and other students with a similar passion. We raise awareness and we do it passionately. By getting involved with MOJAS, you can expect to learn more about the topic, but also learn about general Criminal Law, Criminology and also take part in activities with other societies.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Miscarriages of Justice Awareness Society focuses on bringing awareness to students about the wrongful imprisonments that happen in courts.
Our society, by organising meetings and presentations during the academic year, is trying to help in that. We believe that everyone deserves a fair trial and we should fight for that. An expressive and powerful quote stated by Eleanor Roosevelt is: “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both”. This sustains the idea that the concept of justice should be defined by fairness, equality and should also include those who were wrongly sentenced for a crime that they had not committed. Justice should allow those fighting to prove their guiltlessness, and to have a real chance in gaining their freedom back.
The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) is a unique human rights organisation. MOJO is dedicated to assisting innocent people in prison and on their release. Our objective is to offer advice and support to people in prisons throughout the UK fighting to establish their innocence.
The organisation was founded by John McManus and Paddy Hill (one of six innocent men wrongfully convicted in 1975 for the Birmingham pub bombing. The Birmingham sixâ€™s convictions were finally quashed, and they were re-released in March 1991). Paddy made a pledge to campaign for those he had left behind, to bring a voice to the voiceless. He thought he might have had to take a year out campaigning on their behalf before trying to build a life outside prison, but has now been campaigning for over twenty years. MOJOâ€™s aim is to carry on his work.
MOJO currently deals with hundreds of inquiries each year. Many people thought that the problem of miscarriages of justice in the British judicial system had been resolved after the high-profile cases in the eighties and nineties. This is sadly not the case. There have been over six thousand miscarriages of justice in the UK since the release of the Birmingham Six. Miscarriages of justice have faded from the political agenda. MOJO's aim is to ensure that this is not allowed to happen.
MOJO's work falls into two categories. Supporting those in prison fighting to clear their names and supporting those who have had their convictions quashed to try to put the piece of their lives back together.
MOJO has campaigned over a number of years to ensure that the government lives up to its duty of care to those whose lives have been destroyed because of the inadequacies of the judicial system. MOJO requires our support to ensure it can provide the best service possible to the victims of miscarriages of justice, but also to allow it to continue the fight to ensure miscarriages of justice do not occur and that the voices of the victims are not silenced.
For more information: www.miscarriagesofjustice.org