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HUMAN RIGHTS LAW INTERNSHIP.

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Human Rights In Africa, many nations have at least recognized basic human rights for all citizens, though in practice these are not always recognized. Extensive human rights abuses still occur in several parts of Africa, often under the oversight of the state. The situation of human rights in Africa and for that matter Ghana is generally reported to be poor, and it is seen as an area of grave concern according to the UN, and non-governmental observers.

The two recognized human rights organizations where we place volunteers/interns are The Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). These are independent Human Rights Organizations that seek to provide monitoring and rights of all persons.

The Human Rights Advocacy Center (HRAC) organization's office is based in Accra and is dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights. Through cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy, the organization saves lives, fights injustice, restores peace, and builds the human rights movement around the world. Their areas of activities include; Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Respect of the Constitution, Police Accountability, Children's Rights, Women's Rights and Right to Information. The organization deals with issues of reproductive rights (harmful traditional practices such as female circumcision), issues of rape, child trafficking, assault, unlawful detention and eviction Etc.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) is an international and independent body that seeks to provide monitoring and rights to citizens of Africa. The organization's office for Africa is based in Ghana, Accra and is also dedicated to the cause above. Their other areas of activities include; Rule of Law, Access to Justice, Respect of the Constitution, Police Accountability, Children's Rights, Women's Rights and Right to Information.

They carry out work by means of investigation, research, training, publications and capacity building. They collaborate with governments, inter-governmental organizations, academia, students and civil society. They aim to apply human rights to social change initiatives, advancement and improvement of human rights. The courts in Ghana however, ensure a culture of respect for the rights and obligations of all people in Ghana, dispensing and promoting justice in a free, informal, formal and relatively expeditious manner, ensuring fairness, efficiency, transparency and application of best practices.

Duties and Qualifications;
The duties include but not limited to the following, Assist attorneys in and out of court, assist attorney staff collecting, reviewing and assembling data for presentation to support cases, receipt of complaints bordering on human rights, monitoring and raising issues of human rights in the news media, research on issues of human rights and rule of law. Etc

Volunteer Interns are required to have good oral and written communication skills in English. Strong Interest in law and advocacy. You need to bring a personal laptop for project assignment.

To apply, complete our on line application form and attach your current CV (resume) and personal photo. You would be contacted after your application has been received and reviewed within 24 hours.

PROJECT AT A GLANCE

1. Location:
The project is based in the capital city, Accra, with shops, banks & Internet cafes nearby. This vibrant city is renowned for its friendly atmosphere where visitors are always welcome. It's full of contrasts: from traditional culture and history to modern infrastructure.

2. About this project:
Our Flexibility and Variety enables us to match your skills and aspirations to a suitable volunteer internship programs that allows you to join us when it is best for you. There are no set start and end dates and programs run continuously throughout the year, so we can easily fit your schedule. These allow volunteers to join us on a flexible time frame in creative projects. Whenever volunteers arrive and at whatever time, we will be waiting at the airport for them with all the details for their project fully prepared. This flexibility also allows people to combine programs, to live and work with friends, and to work at the placement which inspires them most.

3. Arrival and Departure Point:
(Kotoka International Airport, Accra)

4. Working Hours:
Monday to Friday, Starting at 08.00 am
25-40 hour week

5. Transport:
Dependent on where you are staying, not more than 60 minutes travelling time. Part by commercial mini bus/taxi and part walking.

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