Human Rights and Access to Justice

The aim of this thematic area is to empower citizens of Rwanda (Right-Holders) and build capacities with state institutions (Duty-Bearers) to both acknowledge Human Rights and ensure that these rights are respected, protected and fulfilled; for this to be accomplished both the Right-Holders and Duty-Bearers must recognize that every person has inalienable rights by virtue of being human. Rights need to be protected through a fair, efficient and accessible justice system for everyone.

According to Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.”

A fair and efficient justice system not only holds individuals and state officials accountable, but also sets the norms of behavior for all citizens enshrined in the national legal frameworks.

Goal: To enhance mechanisms to promote and protect Human Rights and ensure equitable access to justice for children and vulnerable groups.


  • To conduct research, monitoring and documentation on Human Rights, especially access to justice issues and analyze factual legal situation on the basis of international Human Rights standards.
  • To enhance public awareness of their rights, access to justice and judicial services for citizens and communities
  • To advocate for citizens and their rights on national, local and district levels using existing civil society networks