Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is calling for applications from lawyers and civil society organizations based in Africa to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the protection of civic space. The litigation surgery will be held in Dakar on 10 – 11 May 2018. All applicants are required to submit a current or potential case involving the protection of civic space for discussion and workshopping.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
Eligibility for the Civic Space Litigation Surgery:
The litigation surgery is open to lawyers and civil society representatives from African Union member states, 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.
- The following non-exhaustive list of themes are a guide for the types of cases that could be submitted with the application:
- Suppression of peaceful protests
- Burdensome regulatory restrictions on civil society organizations
- Suppression of the media and access to information
- Abuse of laws or policies in the context of countering terrorism
- Impunity for threats, violence, and arbitrary detention
- While all civic space cases will be considered, the board encourages 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 — 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.
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