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CHRDA / About

Violet Fokum

Gender Officer

Executive Director

Pog Njenom PJ

Human Rights/Humanitarian Affairs Officer

Fred Luma

Legal Officer

Ekole Bazil Najembe

Programme/Project Activities Manager

Program Director - Human Rights & Democracy

CHRDAWelcome Statement

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.

With the committed and energetic members of the CHRDA, we shall realise our dreams for an Africa wherein the human rights of the citizenry will not only be respected but also protected. We strive for a society where women and men will be treated as equals, one that democracy and the rule of law will not only be cosmetic but will be put into practice.  We hope you will join us in our struggle for the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy in Africa.

Thank you for your interest in the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and thank you for your support.

Executive Director
Felix Agbor Nkongho Esq.

Who We Are

The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (hereinafter CHRDA) is an independent, non-governmental, apolitical and non-profit making organization dedicated to the protection and advancement of human rights and the promotion of democracy as a political culture in Africa. It engages in different and sensitive issues related to the advancement of Human Rights and Democracy via a series of projects, and also seeks to foster research in these fields by offering opportunities to Human Rights activists, legal practitioners, graduate and undergraduate students to volunteer, intern and study at the Centre and its partner institutions. With offices in Africa and the United States, we help local activists, scholars, researchers in providing research facilities and creating a culture of respect of human rights and democracy.

OUR MISSION

Enhancing the promotion and respect for human rights, rule of law, and democratic principles, Promoting democracy and good governance through on and offline campaigns, Developing strategies and gathering resources in securing compliance with human rights norms, Working with government authorities to improve human rights situations, to keep abuses to a minimum, and to encourage ratification of international treaties and agreements related to human rights, Providing legal services to victims of human rights violations at national and international fora (National Courts, African Commission), Legal Assistance to victims of Human Rights abuses (individuals and groups) by working in close collaboration with legal practitioners who render pro bono services, Collaborating with members of the legislative, judicial and executive branches so as to bring the necessary legal changes, Serving as a liaison with other (domestic and international) Non–Governmental Organisations focused on human rights, ranging from educational institutions, governmental and intergovernmental bodies to charities. Collaborate with the media to disseminate information pertaining to human rights education awareness-raising.

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