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 ACmHPR – 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 Friday 9th March 2012.

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