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

Date limite d'inscription: 17 Mars 2019

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) et un statut de Robert F. Kennedy Droits de l'Homme appellent à 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.

Objectifs de la chirurgie litigieuse:

  • 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.
  • Identifier les ressources, les partenariats et le soutien continu nécessaires pour faciliter le dépôt des dossiers et les stratégies de plaidoyer connexes.


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.
  • La liste de thèmes non exhaustive suivante est un guide pour les types de cas qui pourraient être soumis avec l'application:
    • Suppression des manifestations pacifiques — e.g. through excessive use of force against protesters; criminalization of protestors and organizers; legal frameworks that either prevent, restrict and/or chill protest;
    • Restrictions réglementaires pesantes sur les organisations de la société civile - par exemple les contraintes d'accès aux financements étrangers et aux partenariats étrangers; les obstacles à l'inscription ou au maintien de l'inscription;
    • Suppression des médias et accès à l'information — 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;
    • Abus de lois ou de politiques dans le contexte de la lutte antiterroriste - par exemple, l'utilisation abusive des lois générales contre le terrorisme pour criminaliser et / ou paralyser les activités légitimes des acteurs civiques;
    • L'impunité pour les menaces, la violence et la détention arbitraire contre les défenseurs des droits humains, les activistes, les journalistes et d'autres acteurs civiques.
  • 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.

D'autres détails importants: The working language for the litigation surgery will be English.

Veillez à 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 [EMAIL PROTECTED]

Pour plus d'informations:

Visitez la page Web officielle de la chirurgie du litige civique 2019


  1. I’m thankful for the offer and greatly appreciate that I will be able to advance my studies in aproud my name is Abdirahman abdulahi from Somalia and wish this application will help me to get opportunity for studying in aproud if Allah said

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