Africa

RWANDA 2018

Monitoring Human Rights Violations and the 2018 Elections

Ligue des Droits de la Personne dans la Region des Grands Lacs

$41,500

To monitor and report on human, civil, and political rights violations in Rwanda. The organization will deploy observers who will document the human rights situation in the country. In addition, the group will deploy 50 previously trained observers who will focus on the legislative electoral process and report on the level of respect for civil and political freedom. The partner will share their reports with relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of their findings and of the challenges encountered.

Peace and Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

$35,000

To improve community-level conflict resolution in Rwanda. The program will educate the population on conflict resolutions techniques and engage with local authorities to enhance the potential of their activities. The project will also educate civil society organizations on the gaps and opportunities that exist for grassroots-level conflict resolution programming. The grant will also support institutional strengthening and general human rights monitoring and documentation.

Promoting Access to Justice

Rwanda Bridges to Justice

$49,839

To encourage popular and institutional support for improved access to justice and the prevention of torture. The grantee will increase the capacity and willingness of young lawyers to defend the rights of the most vulnerable Rwandans and provide legal support for 100 defendants. It will also promote criminal justice reform through a series of task force meetings with young lawyers and roundtables with justice sector officials.

Promoting Freedom of Expression During The 2018 Legislative Elections

Syndicat des Travailleurs aux Services des Droits Humains

$39,700

To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) to promote freedom of expression and opinion. The grantee will train HRDs on advocacy and networking skills. It will also continue to monitor, document, and report civil and political human rights violations targeting HRDs and journalists during the 2018 electoral period. The group will encourage journalists and HRDs to produce articles promoting human rights values, and it will provide support to human rights defenders through advocacy efforts.

Promoting Youth Engagement in Human Rights Issues

Ejo Youth Echo

$29,100

To raise awareness about human rights among Rwandan youth, and to train Rwandan journalists to better cover human rights issues. The organization will build the capacity of radio journalists to raise awareness of human rights, and to use video and social media in order to reach wider audiences. The partner will also assess Rwandan youth’s knowledge about human rights issues, and focus its radio programming on the gaps identified. Finally, the grantee will discuss its radio programming and foster dialogue around human rights issues with youth.

Supporting the Teacher’s Union in the Promotion of Human Rights

Conseil National des Organisations Syndicales Libres au Rwanda

$42,736

To promote human and workers’ rights in Rwanda.  The grantee will carry out a training curriculum for teachers, school administrators, union members, and local officials in four rural districts.  The participants will learn to understand, respect, and defend human and workers’ rights and share this knowledge with fellow teachers. The organization will hold capacity-building trainings for teachers’ union leaders.

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