Who We Are
Our goal is to pursue justice, uphold the rule of law, and ensure human and peoples’ rights protection in Africa. Particularly, our programs and activities are intended to impact the justice system of Africa and end impunity. When appropriate, Africa Center for Law and Human Rights will target perpetrators and pursue the rule of law and human rights violations before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the African Commission, and before other international tribunals impacting Africa. We welcome collaborating partners and anyone fascinated with promoting the rule of law and protecting human and peoples’ rights in Africa. For us, we say, the denial of justice anywhere in Africa, certainly represents the denial of justice everywhere.
Africa Center for Law and Human Rights: The Africa Center for Law and Human Rights, herein after referred to as the Center, was founded on July 15, 2016 as a nongovernmental organization aimed at promoting human rights and equality before the arbiters of international charters in both West and Continental Africa. The Center hopes to promote justice, the rule of law, accountability, and human rights compliance in Africa. Key to the Center’s success is advocacy, education and training, and strategic litigation before (i) the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice and (ii) the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), (iii) African Commission and before some domestic courts in Africa. The Center will apply the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, ECOWAS Conventions, International Protocols, and Practice Regulations. We will also engage in research, monitoring, and publishing semi-annual and annual reports and produce materials that will advance the promotion of the rule of Law and human rights in Africa. Chiefly, we will work to protect the interest and human rights of the people of Africa by advocacy, training, monitoring and strategic litigation mainly conducted before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the African Commission, and before other high domestic courts in Africa.
Our Programs: The work of the Center will be divided and into: i) education and training; ii) advocacy; iii) research and publication; iv) protecting peoples’ rights; v) monitoring and reporting on human rights violations; vi) promoting the freedom of speech and expression; and vi) litigation of human rights complaints before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and other international tribunals. Our goal is to work to ensure equality before the law, respect for human rights, and human rights compliance in Africa wherever the litigious interest of the people is challenged.
Authority: The work of the Africa Center for Law and Human Rights shall be governed by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; ECOWAS Conventions and Protocols; ECOWAS Rules of Practice; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the Rome Statute. These international instruments shall support the promotion and protection of human rights and the respect for the rule of law in Africa.
Our Partners: The Africa Center for Law and Human Rights will work to partner with the United States Institute for International Development (USAID), the Fund for Global Human Rights, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Open Society Foundation, McArthur Foundation, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Ford Foundation, the United Nations (UN), and the European Commission on Human Rights. These particular foundations promote the rule of law and other organizations involved with the universal protection of human rights.
Head offices: The National Headquarters of the Center shall be in Monrovia, Liberia. Pending collaborative growth, the Center also reserves the right to open regional offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Abuja, Nigeria. In such case, the international head office the Center would be based out of Colorado, United States of America, or in any other state as the board of the Center will decide.
Our Activities: i) Free speech and expression conferences; ii) Training of pro bono attorneys; iii) Training of human rights advocates; iii) Drafting human rights legislations; iv) Publishing in human rights and legal journals; v) Community rights training, empowerment, and capacity building; and vi) Strategically litigating human rights violation complaints, health violations, and environmental justice issues before the aforementioned regional and international tribunals and courts in Africa.