Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 2019 Civic Space Litigation Surgery for Lawyers & civil society organizations based in East Africa – Arusha, Tanzania (Fully Funded)

Plazo de solicitud: 17 de Marzo 2019

The Pan-African Lawyers Union (PALU) y Robert F. Kennedy Derechos Humanos están pidiendo applications from lawyers and civil society organizations based in East Africa to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the protection of civic space. The litigation surgery will be held in Arusha, Tanzania between 1-2 May 2019. All applicants are required to submit a current or potential case involving the protection of civic space for discussion and workshopping.

Objetivos de la cirugía de litigio:

  • To identify high-impact cases to submit before the African human rights system (i.e. the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and East African Court of Justice) to address key areas in the protection of civic space.
  • To confidentially workshop cases among participants and with experienced litigants in the African and Inter-American Human Rights Systems, receiving feedback and cross-regional advice on litigation and advocacy strategies.
  • Identificar recursos, asociaciones y apoyo continuo necesarios para facilitar la presentación de casos y las estrategias de incidencia que lo acompañan.


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will cover the costs of airfare, visas, transportation, accommodations, and a reasonable per diem for expenses not otherwise covered for up to 8 selected participants.

Criteria for participant eligibility:

  • The litigation surgery is open to lawyers and civil society representatives from East Africa, with a demonstrated commitment to addressing threats to civic space in their home country through regional human rights litigation.
  • The participants must be involved in, or considering, litigating a case or cases that address the suppression of civic space involving a violation of the rights to freedoms of expression, assembly, and/or association. With their application, they must submit a case that they are litigating or intend to litigate before an African human rights body that could be discussed and workshopped during the litigation surgery.
  • La siguiente lista no exhaustiva de temas es una guía para los tipos de casos que podrían presentarse con la aplicación:
    • Supresión de protestas pacíficas — e.g. through excessive use of force against protesters; criminalization of protestors and organizers; legal frameworks that either prevent, restrict and/or chill protest;
    • Graves restricciones regulatorias a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil - por ejemplo, restricciones al acceso a fondos extranjeros y asociaciones extranjeras; obstáculos para registrar o mantener el registro;
    • Supresión de los medios y acceso a la información — e.g. misuse of criminal defamation laws; restricted access to the internet and social media; abuse of cyber-crimes laws; other violations that produce a chilling effect on the media, citizen journalism, or access to information;
    • Abuso de leyes o políticas en el contexto de la lucha contra el terrorismo - por ejemplo, el uso indebido de leyes amplias de lucha contra el terrorismo para criminalizar y / o enfriar las actividades legítimas de los agentes cívicos;
    • Impunidad por amenazas, violencia y detención arbitraria contra defensores de los derechos humanos, activistas, periodistas y otros actores cívicos.
  • While all civic space cases will be considered, we encourage cases that touch on an intersectionality of issues and/or address untested or developing areas of regional human rights jurisprudence, including:
    • Cases that highlight the role of multinational corporations and the suppression of civic space;
    • Cases that link the suppression of civic space to economic, social, and cultural rights, including in particular environmental rights;
    • Cases that demonstrate how the suppression of civic space uniquely affects women, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, or refugees and internally displaced persons;
    • Cases that address the link between the suppression of civic space and corruption.

Otros detalles importantes: The working language for the litigation surgery will be Inglés.

Por favor, asegúrese de apply by 17 March 2019 using the link provided above. If you have any questions regarding the litigation surgery or the application process, please email

Para más información:

Visite la página web oficial de 2019 Civic Space Litigation Surgery


  1. I’m thankful for the offer and greatly appreciate that I will be able to advance my studies in aproud my name is Abdirahman abdulahi from Somalia and wish this application will help me to get opportunity for studying in aproud if Allah said


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