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CHRI INTERNS AND STIPENDIARY OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY ON PUBLIC INTEREST LAW ISSUES 2011
CHRI is an independent, non-partisan, international non- governmental organization. We work for the practical realisation of human rights of ordinary people in the Commonwealth. CHRI promotes awareness of and adherence to the Harare Principles, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other internationally recognized human rights instruments and declarations made by Commonwealth heads of governments, as well as other instruments supporting human rights in the Commonwealth. CHRI believes that the promotion and protection of human rights is the responsibility of governments but that the active informed participation of civil society is also vital to ensuring rule of law and the realisation of human rights.
CHRI has offices in Ghana and New Delhi, where it is headquartered. It has a small liaison office in London as well. CHRI's work is based on relevant legal knowledge, strong research, and dissemination of information to both civil society and governments. Policy level dialogue, capacity building of stakeholders, and broad public education are standard activities. As an organisation our endeavour is to be one of the best South-based resources on policing and access to information.
CHRI's work is divided into three major programme areas: Access to Justice (police reforms and prison reforms), Access to Information, and Strategic Initiatives. CHRI also has a small Media, Outreach and Communications Unit.
Access to Justice: CHRI has programs on police reform in India, South Asia, East Africa, and Ghana. It has a long-term special focus on police reforms - particularly police accountability - in India. In South Asia, it seeks to catalyse political will and public opinion to encourage police reform. In Ghana, CHRI promotes justice centres in police stations, in which a duty lawyer can assist police to comply with the law. In East Africa, CHRI promotes common policing standards for the nascent East African Community. It has a small India-based prisons program concentrated on prison overcrowding and legal aid for prisoners. A new program is looking at pre-trial detention practices and seeking to reduce the numbers in pre-trial detention and time spent there.
Access to Information: CHRI's access to information program encourages countries to pass and implement effective right to information laws. We have been particularly successful in promoting the right to information in India, Bangladesh, and Ghana, where we lead the coalition. We regularly critique new bills and intervene to bring best practices into governments and civil society knowledge both when laws are being formulated and when they are first being implemented. In India we continue to engage in capacity building while making sure that there is no roll back on present commitments. We also assess compliance with the law and test its ability to make institutions like the police more transparent. This last is a new activity that we would like to further and make our particular speciality.
Strategic Initiatives Programme: Every two years, CHRI produces a report on some aspect of human rights concern common to all the countries of the Commonwealth. Next year’s report will examine threats to civil society around the Commonwealth. Last year’s report examined the worth, work, and challenges to human rights defenders. Other reports have looked at police accountability and the threats to human rights in the security environment after 9/11. CHRI’s human rights advocacy program has brought out two reports on the voting and human rights records of Commonwealth member states at the human rights council and their performance at the Universal Periodic Review. Another similar report is planned for next year. CHRI has run campaigns against impunity in Gambia, reported on human rights in Fiji after the coup, and most recently reported on human rights compliance in Rwanda which was seeking membership into the country. We are keen to have committed and passionate folks come work with us to further all this work while learning, and growing and sharing their skills with us.
There are frequent Internship and Job opportunities at CHRI in our headquarters in Delhi, our Africa office in Accra, Ghana or liaison office in London.
- Students reading law or social sciences may intern with us at any of our three offices for short term or long term internships of up to a year.
- Graduates in law, social sciences or other relevant disciplines are welcomed on a volunteer basis to intern with us for periods ranging from 2 months to a year.
- Graduates in law, social sciences or other relevant disciplines if willing to commit for up to one year at headquarters may apply for a stipendiary position as program assistants, researchers.
- Law Graduates and Post Graduates with a minimum of 2 years work experience may apply for program officer positions if willing to commit for two years or more. Salaries are local and shared accommodation (at headquarters only) may be provided to candidates from abroad if available.
- Mid-career or senior professionals wishing to take time off from their mainstream work to do meaningful work in a new setting are also welcome to explore working on issues of accountability, transparency, as well as assisting with fundraising as associates or consultants on mutually agreeable terms.
Process of Applying
Please apply to
, with your CV statement of purpose, references and short original writing sample of not more than 4 pages indicative of the applicants analytical and articulation skills.
All applicants are advised to visit CHRI's website www.humanrightsinitiative.org to understand the nature of our work before applying. NOTE: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.