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The purpose of the Human Rights and Advocacy (HRA) division is to strengthen the capacity of human rights civil society organizations (CSOs) to respond to human rights violations by enhancing their security and fostering collaboration with the newly elected government, and to raise awareness of social and individual human rights through outreach and education.

Completed Projects

Funded by the Swedish International Cooperative Agency (SIDA), the Libyan Human Rights Program (LHRP) is promoting a culture of respect for human rights through the strengthening of Libyan civil society through strengthening the capacity of Libyan human rights Civil Society Organizations to respond to human rights violations by enhancing their security and fostering collaboration with the newly elected government, and by raising awareness of social and individual human rights through outreach and education.

The Civic Engagement for Transparency and Accountability (CETA) project in Egypt helped Egyptian citizens to more effectively and sustainably exercise their democratic rights in Egypt’s burgeoning democracy. Ceta enhanced reach and capacity of the Network of Civil Society Organizations, increased understanding of democratic rights and responsibilities and promoted active and informed civic engagement and participation.

The Regional Forensic Assistance Network which increased the capacity of Latin American forensic organizations to use DNA analysis and systems, was established at the Guatemala Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) laboratory in Guatemala.  The project enhanced their abilities to analyze and identify victims of human rights violations. RFAN gave participating organizations access to a civil society-based information sharing network while promoting South-South cooperation and capacity-building.

The Peru Forensic Assistance Program strengthened the organizational capacities of the Peruvian forensic anthropology team to recover and identify the remains of victims of forced disappearance that occurred during the 20-year internal armed conflict, thus contributing to national reconciliation processes and healing in Peru.

The Guatemala Reconciliation and Reparations Project (GRRP), increased the capacity of local civil society organizations to develop mechanisms to allow the advancement of investigation of human rights abuses during the armed conflict. The project promoted respect for human rights by supporting the Government of Guatemala’s investigative efforts and those of local human rights organizations. Specific objectives included strengthening adherence to Rule of Law practices, promoting investigative processes related to human rights abuses and supporting restorative processes in conflict resolution. The project focused on advancing a culture of dialogue at the local level.

Guatemala Human Rights Support and Outreach Program enhanced the capacity of human rights organizations to coordinate and build partnerships with the Government of Guatemala to investigate, document and prosecute human rights violations that occurred during the 36-year armed conflict.  The project strengthened public outreach through the production of a radio soap opera on human rights.  The radio program created a fictitious village to present human rights messages targeted at those communities most impacted by the conflict.  The radio soap opera, although entertaining, touched on topics such as witnessing human rights violations, individual human rights and recovering from the trauma produced by the conflict.