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Local Initiative For Justice II
Local Initiative for Justice is a workshop and workshop program for civil society actors on justice and human rights issues in Africa. This program is intended for members of Africtivists, partner civil society organizations and youth associations. They are invited to propose activity projects around justice issues in Africa. Applications for local activities should promote legal instruments and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.
All projects must have a community dynamic, a civic and non-institutional approach, a digital dimension in the communication strategy and a budget not exceeding $2000. Project leaders will be supported by the Africtivist teams from their respective countries. $200 of the budget must be reserved exclusively for connectivity and online dissemination of the activity to feed the campaign thread #CADHP4Africans. Each session must receive a minimum of 30 participants.
The project aims to set up an adequate environment for dialogue, exchange, discussion and debate around issues of human and peoples' rights.
- 5 local initiative for Justice are organised
- A community of interest of at least 150 actors is created
- 5 activity reports are published in the dedicated section on the Africtivistes website
- A series of discussions and debates on the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights is launched
"The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has been the subject of much criticism over the course of its existence, and the influence of politics has often called into question the work of this body, which is judged to be relatively independent. However, despite the entry into force of the protocol establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in 2004, the African Commission continues to be the main body of the African human rights system. The very restrictive conditions for referral to the Court do not allow the victims to assert their rights before this body. In fact, in order to better fulfill its protection mission, the African Commission, during its existence, relaxed its procedures, thus, improving its referral and its capacity action." Nisrine Eba Nguema, The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ rights and its protection mission of the human rights.
Created to help citizens by promoting human and peoples' rights and ensuring their protection in Africa, the Commission is unknown to the populations for which it carries out its missions.
Through this project, Africtivistes wants to help people understand more about the missions, roles and work of the Commission. Activities will involve more than 150 people across 5 countries with the participation of leading legal experts and human rights activists. With our partner AFRO / OSIWA, Africtivistes finances the various activities proposed and selected. The participants we are looking for must express a willingness to become human rights activists and / or are engaged actors of civil society (active member of organization, association or citizen movement). They must know how to use the internet, have an e-mail address, be registered on a social network, know how to use a computer and a smartphone.
Progress of the Project
The Local Initiative for Justice program is composed of 5 major sessions, which will be held successively in the various countries whose projects will be selected (1 session = 1 project).
A validated project is a file that meets the selection criteria described below. The format of the sessions can be mixed, composed of Code4Justice and Justice Academy. A session can also be composed of a single component (Code4Justice or Justice Academy).
- Code4Justice : A workshop training on a subject of human rights, a hackathon, a bootcamp or a mock trial simulation. This activity will be in the form of a practical case and in an inclusive way. A hot topic proposed by the candidate and related to human rights is dealt with during a workshop, exchanges, a round table or in the form of a mock trial, etc. The participation of jurists and experts in human rights is highly recommended.
- Justice Academy : A Sharing Session with Justice Experts. More theoretical than practical, the Justice Academy makes it possible to develop one or more topics on human rights, from a legal point of view. It can be in the form of a panel, round table or public conference.
All activities will be facilitated by experts or specialists from the cause, and will be a means of making the work of the Commission better known through the examples of actions / activities already carried out by the Commission.
The call for projects is open from Wednesday January 15 to Friday February 14, 2020 at 6 p.m. GMT. The application is open to any person or association that meets the selection criteria below.
How to Apply
To submit your project, you must click on this link, complete the online application form and provide the requested application elements. No participation or application fees are asked of candidates. The program is completely free and it is fully funded if your project is selected.
Participants must fulfill the following conditions:
- propose an activity in relation with at least one session (Code4Justice or Justice Academy)
- be an association, civic organization or member of an organization or association;
- working on issues of social justice, human rights ...
- have access to the internet;
- reside in the country that is to host the session;
- be aware of the stakes of the subjects of justice;
- know the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights;
- demonstrate motivation, taking into account a network dynamic.
All applications go through a selection process. From February 17 to 19, 2020, submitted projects will be examined according to the profiles and activities proposed by the applicants.
After selection, successful candidates will be notified by email. They must confirm their participation again to receive the agenda and additional information for their participation in the programme.