Human Rights and Conflict Management

CCR's human rights and conflict management activities aim to contribute to the creation of durable peace, security, and development in Africa through promoting creative and constructive rights-based approaches to the management and resolution of conflicts.

Through its training workshops, the Centre's human rights and conflict management project builds the capacity of participants, including:

  • Representatives of the African Union (AU), Africa's sub-regional bodies, and the UN;
  • Human rights activists;
  • Conflict management practitioners;
  • Gender and child rights experts;
  • Religious and traditional leaders; and
  • Senior government officials.

Despite acknowledgement that human rights violations are both causes and consequences of conflicts, human rights and conflict management are often erroneously viewed as two separate fields of work with different rationales, objectives, and strategies.

This project seeks to correct this perspective by strengthening the conflict management role of human rights institutions and actors across Africa. It further emphasises the importance of gender equality in the peacebuilding work conducted by these bodies and their civil society counterparts.

As a result of this work, CCR expects that:

  • National human rights institutions, civil society, and other groups trained by the Centre will undertake constructive resolution of conflicts, contributing directly to resolving conflicts and building peace in their local communities and countries;
  • The conflict management capacity of AU-associated human rights institutions will be strengthened, enabling them to contribute actively to conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives in Africa;
  • Opportunities for peer learning between actors from existing human rights institutions and those in emerging institutions will increase to ensure the sustainability of CCR's previous initiatives within existing NHRIs; and
  • The Centre's human rights and peacebuilding manuals will be utilised effectively in training by institutions capacitated by CCR.

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