Community Services

The provision of community services is one of the focus areas of the Center for Human Rights. The Center believes that the promotion and protection of human rights take root when the work is done in communities and the public at large. With this view, the Center has been engaged in the provision of free legal services and training since the early days of its establishment. 

The Accesses to Justice Project was a scaling up of a pilot project called ‘Legal Literacy. Rights Advice and Information for the Poor People’. The pilot project was initiated through a partnership forged between Active Learning Center (The University of Glasgow, UK) and the Organization for Social Justice in Ethiopia. The Center implemented the Access to Justice Project from 2012-2016 with the financial support of Royal Norwegian Embassy.  Through Access to Justice Project, the Center has undertaken activities of community legal awareness-raising, free legal service, grassroots-level research, and building the capacity of stakeholders through training, experience sharing, and organizing networking forums.

Currently, the Center is implementing a Project to Support Teaching, Research, and Community Engagement in Human Rights (Project STRACE-CHR) in Addis Ababa, Adama, Ambo, Hawassa and Debre Birhan cities. The Project has come to effect with financial support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

With such community engagement projects, the Center aims to build the capacity of state agencies to respect and protect human rights; to empower CSOs to actively engage in promotion and protection of human rights and; to contribute in the protection of vulnerable groups’ rights in Ethiopia.        


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