Fellow Since 2000
Institute for Human Rights and Development
This profile was prepared when Julia Harrington was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Alpha and Julia teach African organizations to use the procedures for monitoring and enforcing human rights established in the African Charter and embodied in the African Commission. In the past, only a few specialized lawyers had such skill; Alpha and Julia are sharing their expertise so that human rights activists can use the Charter for legal recourse. Alpha's and Julia's objective is to make procedures more transparent, apply them to specific cases and minimize some of the obstacles which for non-lawyers might otherwise be insurmountable. They plan to train those organizations so that they will no longer require the Institute's expertise in order to prepare lawsuits and start actions on their own at a national and a pan-African level.