The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is a pan–African non-governmental organization (NGO) working to promote awareness of human rights in Africa and improve the effectiveness of the African Human Rights system. IHRDA envisions an African continent where all have access to justice via national, African and international human rights mechanisms.
Institute For Human Rights And Development In Africa
IHRDA envisions an African continent where all have access to justice via national, African and international human rights mechanisms.
“The granting of asylum to refugees is a peaceful and humanitarian act and shall not be regarded as an unfriendly act…” Article 2 (2) OAU refugee Convention.
“State Parties to the present Charter shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate harmful social and cultural practices affecting the welfare, dignity, normal growth and development of the child...” - Article 21, African Children’s Charter
“Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace. “ - Kofi Anan (Former UN Secretary General)
Our work can be summarized in three words: defend, educate, inform.
IHRDA was founded by two human rights lawyers, Julia Harrington and the late Alpha Fall, who formerly worked for the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. IHRDA was established in 1998 in Banjul, The Gambia. IHRDA’s determination in defending the human rights of Africans has been its motivating force ever since.