Human Rights and Legal Aid
The purpose of this program is to ensure that less fortunate groups and others with special needs are made aware of their rights and that these legal rights are adequately protected. The program will also provide psychosocial support to women groups, widows, vulnerable children, orphans and their foster parents.
These rights usually include the right to life, freedom from torture, freedom of movement, the right to an adequate standard of living, freedom of religion, the right to self-determination, the right to participation in cultural and political life, and the right to education. Although laws and their implementations vary, many international – as well as national laws – safeguard the human rights of its inhabitants.
Human rights are political norms dealing mainly with how people should be treated by their governments and institutions. They are not ordinary moral norms applying mainly to interpersonal conduct (such as prohibitions of lying and violence). Human rights are those basic standards without which people cannot live in dignity. To violate someone’s human rights is to treat that person as though she or he were not a human being. In conclusion, human rights belong to all people simply because they are human beings.
The Legal Aid clinics also coach and empower clients with the necessary knowledge for legal and court procedures to enable them to represent their cases in court.
Legal services provided at the clinics will consist of counselling, provision of legal advice, and reconciliation sessions on a variety of legal issues, including: labour law, employment, matrimonial, land, contract, children rights, insurance, tort, probate, etc. Internships and individual field-research opportunities are available to those who have a legal academic background and/or human rights experience. Your interest and enthusiasm is greatly needed at our centres!
The following fields of expertise are available for you to choose from:
Information & Technology
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