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Funding: Call for applications to the Legal Defence Fund - Feb 2012

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), with the financial support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), is operating a fund for individuals/groups litigating cases before the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

The fund covers travel, accommodation and other related expenses. Applicants to this fund must fulfill the following criteria:

  •     Must be a national/organisation of an ECOWAS state, Cameroon, Chad or Mauritania;
  •     Must have a communication before the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR)[cases before the ACmHPR are referred to as ‘communications’].


Applications should consist of the following:

  •     An application letter;
  •     Description of the communication including detailed information on the progress of your communication with the ACHPR – approximately 800 words;
  •     Evidence of nationality [e.g. copy of ID, NGO or company registration document].


Applications should be addressed to:
Executive Director,
Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA),
949 Brusubi Layout, AU Summit Highway,
PO Box 1896, Banjul, The Gambia.

Email applications should be sent to hannoh@ihrda.org. Subject line: “Application for Legal Defence Fund – 51st African Commission Session”.

The 51st Ordinary Session of the ACmHPR will take place from 18 April-2 May 2012.

Deadline for applications is Monday 9th March 2012.

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For more info please contact us: resourcecentre@wacsi.org.

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