We started the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Cameroon. The purpose was to engage both civil society and the government to enhance the respect and promotion of Human Rights in Cameroon. However, by late 2005, we realised the need to expand the scope of operation of the organization to the rest of Africa. Following discussions at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, University of Notre Dame Law School with other young and energetic Africans committed to the cause of human rights, rule of law and the advancement of democracy, and with the support of the Law School, we decided to create an organization that transcends national boundaries in Africa. We thus decided to transform the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights to the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) with regional offices in Cameroon, Sierra Leone and the United States. Hence, what was once a very small but committed group of human rights advocates clamouring for human rights and democracy in Cameroon is today grown into a leading player for the promotion and enforcement of human rights and democracy in Africa. Our goal is to be the foremost Centre for human rights research in Africa. We have a vision and a mission to take the human rights movement to higher heights. We are committed not only to Human Rights issues but to the development of democracy as a political culture that advances human liberty and sets a fecund platform for the advancement of Human Rights. These goals can be realised only by staying connected to the various communities at all times while working closely with other governmental and non-governmental institutions at national and international levels.