The Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP) of Amnesty International supports African human rights defenders who are fighting for human rights in their own communities and inspire others to do so.
Many African countries are still confronted with armed conflict and human rights violations. Countries where armed violence has ceased often remain vulnerable for new surges of violence and conflict. In reaction to recurring conflict in Africa, Amnesty International initiated the Special Programme on Africa in 1994. In 2015, the Programme was renamed the Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme (HURICAP); a name that better reflects the Programme’s core business.
HURICAP aims to contribute to the growth of human rights activism in Africa by developing innovative methods and strategies to promote and protect human rights . By using a bottom-up approach the programme empowers local organisations, communities and human rights defenders to document violations, to claim their rights and to facilitate people’s access to justice.
The programme is operational in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. These countries have been affected by armed conflict and are vulnerable to recurring violence and human rights abuses.
Our approach is determined by:
Our method is based on wide consultation and the use of participatory methods of research, awareness-raising, mobilisation and evaluation.
HURICAP has produced various handbooks for African human rights organizations and activists working with local communities. You can download these publications for free. They are available in English, French and partly in Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, Hausa and Somali. > Download or order our handbooks
Read the blog about our work in Sudan en watch this video below about our recent training of local human rights defenders in South Kordofan, Sudan: