Human Rights And Access To Justice
AJPRODHO plays a key role in promoting and defending Human Rights in Rwanda. The aim of this thematic area is to empower youth and children of Rwanda (Right-Holders) and build capacities with state institutions (Duty-Bearers) to both acknowledge Human Rights and ensure that these rights are respected, protected and fulfilled; for this to be accomplished both the Right-Holders and Duty-Bearers must recognize that every person has inalienable rights by virtue of being human. Furthermore, rights need to be protected through a fair, efficient and accessible justice system for everyone. A fair and efficient justice system not only holds individuals and state officials accountable, but also sets the norms of behavior for all citizens enshrined in the national legal frameworks. The Human Rights and Access to Justice Program focuses on enhancing empowerment of youth and children with legitimate claims, and accountability of those who are mandated or able to respond. According to Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.”
Goal: To contribute towards equitable access to justice for children and youth through enhancing mechanisms to promote and protect Human Rights.
- To conduct research, monitoring and documentation on Human Rights, especially access to justice issues and analyze factual legal situation on the basis of international Human Rights standards.
- To increase provision of justice services at the local, districts and national levels
- To strengthen capacity building and information sharing among legal aid service providers, civil society and government actors
- To strengthen grass roots child protection mechanisms aimed at prevention and response to child human rights abuse
- To strengthen monitoring, advocacy and accountability of national and international child rights commitments