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Human Rights NGOs Awarded Grants

June 19, 2012
Ambassador Entwistle and a representative of the Grantee organization at the 2012 Democracy and Human Rights Fund signing ceremony. (State Dept. Images)

Ambassador Entwistle and a representative of the Grantee organization at the 2012 Democracy and Human Rights Fund signing ceremony. (State Dept. Images)

On June 19th, Ambassador James F. Entwistle announced the four grant recipients for the 2012 Democracy and Human Rights program. During the ceremony, Ambassador Entwistle signed contracts with Groupe Lotus, Toges Noires, Coalition Congolaise pour la Justice Transitionnelle (CCJT), and REPRODHOC.  This year’s grants, totaling $75,000, cover four different provinces in the DRC and represent a wide variety of programs and sectors. These organizations will be working to improve human rights laws, provide legal aid to women, and help protect people who have been unjustly imprisoned.

“What makes these projects unique is the fact that all of the initiatives capitalize on local expert knowledge of human rights and democracy issues,” said Ambassador Entwistle. “The chosen organizations are community-based, and their projects begin at the local level and are administered by well-known local organizations.”

The Democracy and Human Rights Fund supports programs that promote and defend civil and political rights, strengthen democratic institutions and civil society, and foster democratic values and practices in the states of Sub-Saharan Africa. Funds go to local organizations for small, focused, high-impact, and short-term (one year) activities that promote or defend democratic institutions, civil society, an independent judiciary, free and fair electoral processes, freedom of religion, and human rights.