LHRC scoops global award

19Jun 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
LHRC scoops global award

THE Legal Human Rights Center (LHRC) has been awarded in recognition of the organization's achievements and impact in advancing access to justice and the rule of law in their country and as a strong example of a successful solution to narrow the justice gap.

The award has been given by the US-based organization, World Justice Project as recognition of her legal aid work as one of 30 accesses to justice solutions in the world.

 

According to a statement issued here, LHRC scooped the award for its outstanding job in addressing legal problems facing people in the country, whereby most Tanzanians cannot afford to pay lawyers and lack knowledge of available remedies and legal options.

So, the centre adopted various strategies to make access to justice a reality, including producing self-help kits to increase procedural knowledge, providing mobile legal aid, and supporting advocacy that resulted in the adoption of the 2017 Legal Aid Act.

Since inception, LHRC has thought big and responded boldly to a range of issues. It has articulated and given visibility to human rights issues in the country, built a relationship with the communities and strengthened social and emotional capitals.

It has built capacities of young lawyers most of whom are now fearless activists and frontline human rights defenders both at home and abroad.

LHRC has trained paralegals, human rights monitors, and volunteers and provided capacity building to civil society organisations.

It has organised human rights campaigns on specific issues such as environmental justice, created spaces for citizens to air their views and complaints related to social justice and documented stories of abuse of human rights as well as positive stories.

A cross-section of people has participated in the evolution of LHRC as beneficiaries, activists, trainers, consultants, volunteers, paralegals, writers as well as partners.