African Centre for Democracy And Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)

ACDHRS is an independent, Pan African non-governmental organization established by the Gambian government in 1989. Its aim is the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa through the establishment and maintanence of a human rights movement spanning the continent. ACDHRS also seeks to collaborate with, support and encourage the work of partners, through the development and strengthening of effective implemenation and use of international standards and instruments. Its main objective is to give meaning to article 25 of the African (Banjul) Charter, which requires state parties to "promote and ensure, through teaching, education and publication, respect of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter and to see to it that these freedoms and rights, as we as corresponding obligations are understood" The centre employs training, action oriented research, legal services, publications, and networking in the promotion of human rights and democracy.