Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 2019 Civic Space Litigation Surgery for Lawyers XCHARX civil society organizations based in East Africa XCHARX Arusha, Tanzania (Fully Funded)

آخر موعد للتسجيل: 17 مارس 2019

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) و روبرت كينيدي حقوق الإنسان ندعو applications from lawyers and civil society organizations based in East Africa to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the protection of civic space. The litigation surgery will be held in Arusha, Tanzania between 1-2 May 2019. All applicants are required to submit a current or potential case involving the protection of civic space for discussion and workshopping.

أهداف جراحة التقاضي:

  • To identify high-impact cases to submit before the African human rights system (i.e. the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and East African Court of Justice) to address key areas in the protection of civic space.
  • To confidentially workshop cases among participants and with experienced litigants in the African and Inter-American Human Rights Systems, receiving feedback and cross-regional advice on litigation and advocacy strategies.
  • To identify resources, partnerships, and ongoing support needed to facilitate the filing of cases and accompanying advocacy strategies.


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will cover the costs of airfare, visas, transportation, accommodations, and a reasonable per diem for expenses not otherwise covered for up to 8 selected participants.

Criteria for participant eligibility:

  • The litigation surgery is open to lawyers and civil society representatives from East Africa, with a demonstrated commitment to addressing threats to civic space in their home country through regional human rights litigation.
  • The participants must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case or cases that address the suppression of civic space involving a violation of the rights to freedoms of expression, assembly, and/or association. With their application, they must submit a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate before an African human rights body that could be discussed and workshopped during the litigation surgery.
  • القائمة التالية غير الشاملة للموضوعات هي دليل لأنواع الحالات التي يمكن تقديمها مع التطبيق:
    • قمع الاحتجاجات السلمية — e.g. through excessive use of force against protesters; criminalization of protestors and organizers; legal frameworks that either prevent, restrict and/or chill protest;
    • قيود تنظيمية مرهقة على منظمات المجتمع المدني - مثل القيود المفروضة على الوصول إلى التمويل الأجنبي والشراكات الأجنبية ؛ العقبات في تسجيل أو الحفاظ على التسجيل ؛
    • قمع وسائل الإعلام والوصول إلى المعلومات — e.g. misuse of criminal defamation laws; restricted access to the internet and social media; abuse of cyber-crimes laws; other violations that produce a chilling effect on the media, citizen journalism, or access to information;
    • إساءة استخدام القوانين أو السياسات في سياق مكافحة الإرهاب - على سبيل المثال ، إساءة استخدام قوانين مكافحة الإرهاب الواسعة النطاق لتجريم و / أو تبريد الأنشطة المشروعة للجهات الفاعلة المدنية ؛
    • الإفلات من العقاب عن التهديدات والعنف والاحتجاز التعسفي ضد المدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان والنشطاء والصحفيين والجهات الفاعلة المدنية الأخرى.
  • While all civic space cases will be considered, we encourage cases that touch on an intersectionality of issues and/or address untested or developing areas of regional human rights jurisprudence, including:
    • Cases that highlight the role of multinational corporations and the suppression of civic space;
    • Cases that link the suppression of civic space to economic, social, and cultural rights, including in particular environmental rights;
    • Cases that demonstrate how the suppression of civic space uniquely affects women, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, or refugees and internally displaced persons;
    • Cases that address the link between the suppression of civic space and corruption.

Other important details: The working language for the litigation surgery will be انجليزي.

يرجى التأكد من apply by 17 March 2019 using the link provided above. If you have any questions regarding the litigation surgery or the application process, please email

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