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.

Our work can be summarized in three words: defend, educate, inform.

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.

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. The Institute 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.

Defend

IHRDA we “Defend” victims of human rights violations before domestic and regional judicial bodies and also make sure that the judicial decisions lead to positive change.

Educate

IHRDA we “Educate” by training human rights actors and ensuring that domestic laws epitomize international human rights standards.

Inform

IHRDA we “Inform” by disseminating information about cases from the African Human Rights System, we also publish and distribute our books on various human rights issues.

Our Recent Writings

Latest News

Communiqué: IHRDA, Timidria sue Niger before ECOWAS Court in slavery case

Banjul, 8 May 2019: The “Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa” (IHRDA) and Niger-based partner “Timidria” on 7 May 2019 filed a lawsuit…
Decided Cases

Communiqué: IHRDA, MDT obtain favourable judgment for Alhousseine Camara against Guinea in case of torture in Gendarme custody

Banjul, 8 May 2019: The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (the ECOWAS Court) 7 May 2019 handed-down its judgment…
Latest News

IHRDA Statement @ 64th OS of ACHPR: Roles and responsibilities of transit countries in protecting the rights of migrants

Sharm El-Sheikh - Egypt, 25 April 2019: The migration of populations, whether intracontinental or intercontinental, is a subject of growing concern in the contemporary world.…