Center for Human Rights Justice and Peace

Kontagora, Nigeria
Joined November 2017

Some parts of Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara States and bordering Benin Republic. We do Legal Aid via litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Human rights awareness via Workshops and Seminars

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Generalist Legal Services, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

Center for human rights justice and peace is a non profit non Governmental Organization. It has its head office in Kontagora Niger State and branch office in Zuru Kebbi State and New Bussa Niger State.

The Organization started as a commission in the Catholic Vicariate of Kontagora that is made up of some part of Niger and Kebbi states and bordering Benin Republic. It was formed in the year 1997 to take care of simple cases of human rights abuses and injustices among and against the rural poor of the vicariate. Then it worked with lawyers on youth service and with local animators. To pursue and intervene in such minor cases. that effort was greeted with antagonism from the local authorities, but was accepted and desired by the local people who were the victims of such human rights abuses and injustices.

At a point, we realised that the beneficiaries needed to be empowered so we started human rights awareness and for that we needed more lawyers to expand our intervention to include other areas as the place was very vast. This effort was greeted even with more antagonism as the powers that were felt challenged. To that effect, the organization was registered on the 14th day of May, 2014 with the Corporate Affairs Commission with the name Center for Human Rights Justice and Peace.

The organization works with 30 animators (men and women) who work and monitor human rights situation in the rural areas. This animators are also responsible for step down training for legal empowerment and also are involved in paralegal work. The organization also works with four layers, one in each branch office and two in the head office while there are two lawyers on youth service.

The Head of the organization is the Bishop who called the Legal Holder, While there is a Director/Coordinator that is appointed to be in charge.There are other staff like the typist, program office and an office assistant in all three offices.

Finally, the organization has a board of trustee.