ACDHRS is an independent, Pan African non-governmental organization established by the Gambian government in 1989. Its aim is the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa through the establishment and maintenance of a human rights movement spanning the continent. ACDHRS also seeks to collaborate with, support and encourage the work of partners, through the development and strengthening of effective implementation and use of international standards and instruments. Its main objective is to give meaning to article 25 of the African (Banjul) Charter, which requires state parties to “promote and ensure, through teaching, education and publication, respect of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter and to see to it that these freedoms and rights, as we as corresponding obligations are understood”. The centre employs training, action oriented research, legal services, publications, and networking in the promotion of human rights and democracy.
The ACDHRS was established in 1989 as a regional human rights NGO.
The ACDHRS works with civil society organizations and States in Africa to uphold and promote Article 25 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which states that: State Parties have the duty to ‘promote and ensure, through teaching, education and publication, respect of the rights and freedoms contained in the present Charter and to see to it that these freedoms and rights as well as corresponding obligations and duties are understood’.
An African continent in which the human rights & dignity of all men, women, & children are respected in accordance with democratic principles.