Combating Human Rights Abuses

Congolese Army Wife Stands Up Against Domestic Violence

Inspired by our human rights training for the Congolese Army, Sylvie Mirindi launched her own program to protect women from domestic violence.

From hostility to hope in Tanzania’s gold mines

Human rights abuses and violence have impacted livelihoods in communities around Tanzania’s mining sites. A Police Inspector is helping turn the tide.

Sustainable Business Practice Program
Improves Community Relationships

North Mara gold mine sites are under severe pressure from illegal mining intrusions from both youth in the area and larger groups of ‘opportunists’ from other regions and neighboring countries. While enforcing the property rights of the mines, the police also struggle with very negative perceptions from the […]

Congolese Army Wife Stands Up Against Domestic Violence

Inspired by Search – DRC’s human rights training for the Congolese Army, Sylvie launched her own program to protect women from domestic violence.

Constructing Coalitions to Reduce Human Rights Abuse by Security Forces in Northern Nigeria: Baseline Study

Escalating violence in Northern Nigeria has necessitated the deployment of a heightened security presence across the region. While security forces have a mandate to maintain peace, some of their officers have been implicated in human rights abuse against civilians. These abusive practices have eroded public confidence in the security sector, alienated security forces from the citizens they are charged to protect, and thwarted the effectiveness of their mission. In 2013, SFCG-Nigeria recieved an 18 month grant from the US Department of State – Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) to carry out the project “Constructing Coalitions to Reduce Human Rights Abuse by Security Forces in Northern Nigeria” in Plateau and Bauchi state. In partnership with the Center for Advocacy, Justice and Rights (CAJR) and the Bauchi Human Rights Network (BAHRN), SFCG is working to strengthen engagement and advocacy processes to reduce human rights abuse by security forces in North East and North Central Nigeria. One of the first activities conducted was this baseline evaluation, aimed at: (1) identifying key actors in Bauchi state and map out key regional parties; (2) determining the present levels of interaction, engagement, and capacity existing among regional NHRC staff, relevant CSOs, and judicial actors; and (3) informing project design. The data collection was conducted in January-February 2014.