3- Human Rights and Access to Justice
The country is currently experiencing a wave of human rights infringement along with politically motivated crimes. These include rape, violence, torture, kidnappings, arbitrary arrest and FGM etc. More often than not, people are denied access to fair trial, and are deprived from freedom of speech and press. CED having assessed poor human rights and access to justice, has approached various INGOS, the federal government, state administration and others to intervene to improve the status quo, CED as LNGO operating in 4 Regional Administration in the country have undertaken program revolving around human rights, access to justice, gender, and institutional capacity development for civil society organizations. The organized has trained human rights champions, built CSOs with skills in managing human rights and access to justice related programming, legal aid project training paralegals, CSOs to better serve for improving access to just and increasing legal aid to marginalized and vulnerable communities.
The organized has trained human rights champions, built CSOs with skills in managing human rights and access to justice related programming, legal aid project training paralegals, CSOs to better serve for improving access to just and increasing legal aid to marginalized and vulnerable communities. Additionally, capacity building to prison officials, inmates, and police force on prison management, psycho social supports, health camps and improving humanistic conditions of prison and detention centers were also implemented during the legal aids project. Legal aid through supporting vulnerable and marginalized people whose access to fair justice become unrealistic received the project direct legal aid by the form of providing free legal/lawyer advice and defense. Significant cases of series human rights abuse were addressed through the legal aid projects.
The organization is currently implementing Justice Undertaking for Social Transformation funded European Union, the project duration is January 2019 to December 2020. The objective of this project is to increase access to justice and enhancement protection of civilians. The desired expected results being: 1) improved legal services including legal education and information for prisoners, detainees and individuals in pre-trail detention. 2) capacity of the 3 government institutions in protection of human rights is increased. 3) Strenghtened capacity of 6 CSOs in monitoring and reporting of human rights. The project geographical covered is Banadir region, Hirshabelle and Galmudug States of Somalia.