Strengthening Human Rights Protection in the Central African Republic

USAID Launches a $10-million Activity Focused on Strengthening Human Rights Protection in the Central African Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic, December 5, 2023 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the new five-year, $10 million Strengthening Human Rights Activity (SHRA).  SHRA will support activities across the justice sector, civil society, and the media to advance human rights in the capital and 11 other towns across the nation.

SHRA will focus on strengthening institutional capacity and building greater trust in governmental institutions responsible for promoting human rights, such as the National Commission for Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice. It will work with these two institutions to combat human rights violations and ensure justice for victims. The Activity will be carried out in a consortium of partners including Freedom House, Search for Common Ground, the Internews Network, and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, and will provide training for judiciary actors, including magistrates.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, USAID’s Central Africa Regional Deputy Mission Director Zeric Smith, noted: “This project aligns with the shared goals of the Government of the Central African Republic and the United States, and forms the basis of our human rights work in partnership with the National Commission for Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice of the Central African Republic.”

Michel Mbei, the Country Director for Search for Common Ground remarked: “I have no doubt about the commitment and determination of the main players in the implementation, as well as the availability of partner NGOs and all stakeholders to ensure the success of the project.