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Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme

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. 

Community mapping Soroti, Uganda.

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.

Our goal

Heftige discussies ontstaat tijdens workshop in Soroti, Oeganda.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.

What do we do?

  • Implementing long term human rights education and community justice programmes with partner organisations in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Burundi;
  • Training programmes on Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting of human rights violations, currently ongoing in Nigeria, the DRC, Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia;
  • Developing a series of handbooks and a training programme about Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ESCR). We are also exploring the development of other capacity-building programmes.

Our approach

Our approach is determined by:

  • The local situation;
  • The needs of local groups and communities;
  • The presence of a clear human rights gap;
  • The availability and potential to strengthen the work of local (human rights and civil society) organisations.

Our method is based on wide consultation and the use of participatory methods of research, awareness-raising, mobilisation and evaluation.

Our publications

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:

Human Rights Capacity-Building Programme

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