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.
Our Strategy: The Africa Center for Law and Human Rights will collaborate with humane entities to advance transparency, accountability, freedom of expression, and ensure compliance with civil and political rights. Economic, social, and cultural rights shall also be addressed through advocacy, research and publication, education and training, strategic litigation, capacity building, and awareness campaigns before the law in Africa. We will work toward equality of representation in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the International Criminal Court (ICC) as needed. Promoting human rights compliance will enhance the respect of human and peoples’ rights in Africa.
i. Health Rights
ii. Freedom of Speech and Expression
iii. Equality before the Law
iv. Economic, Social Culture Rights
v. Right of the Child
vi. Rights of Women
vii. Environmental Justice
viii. Freedom of Religion
ix. Indigenous Rights
ix. Death Penalty
xi. War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity
In addition to our core programs and activities, the Africa Center for Law and Human Rights will conduct two anti-corruption education and training for 100 justices of the peace, magistrates, and judges per year in Monrovia, Liberia, Abuja, Nigeria, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, West and East Africa. Working in collaboration with other human right bodies, we will prepare and publish an Integrity, Ethics, and Anti-Corruption workbook for justices of the peace, magistrates, and trial judges and judicial personnel. The workbook and affiliated training shall incorporate the logistics of legal referendums and be disseminated biannually through human rights conferences and workshops.
Our Focus: Protecting the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Africa
Mission: Promoting the Rule of Law and international charters in Africa
Vision: Global collaboration on tribunal and human rights compliance by 2030