Justice and human rights
In the heat of conflict, when security breaks down, violence, human rights abuses, torture and unlawful arrests intensify. Youth militias, armed rebel groups and even the police carry out their own deadly justice on populations.
To combat this, we support local people to document and report on violations of rights and support those affected. Despite huge personal risks, these local activists approach those arrested without charge and negotiate for their release.
In countries emerging from conflict where justice structures are weak, unresolved grievances or disputes over scarce resources can escalate resulting in needless deaths and entrenched hatred and mistrust.
Here, in the midst of deadly tensions, trained local volunteers step in and work with people on the brink of violence to stop tensions spilling over and work for a peaceful solution.
Why it matters
Last year, for the first time in history, the crucial relationship between peace and justice was given worldwide recognition in Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16). This global goal aims to reduce all forms of violence, strengthen the rule of law and promote human rights.
Local people play a unique and crucial role in achieving this. Already on the ground, they can intervene quickly to stop abuses happening, or support those who have suffered. They are a highly effective force in the protection of human rights and the fight for justice.
We do not take sides in a conflict. But this does not mean we will not speak out when human rights are being violated. We are committed to supporting local people to stand up against human rights abuses, and ensuring everyone has access to fair, unbiased justice.