Tag: africa

  • jhr funds project to bring domestic violence awareness to rural communities in Africa

    In addition to training local journalists on human rights reporting, as a part of our programming overseas, jhr provides grants to local African NGO’s as a way of advancing local growth.   In 2009 jhr funded a campaign on the prevention of domestic violence in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society. The SLRCS

  • jhr trained journalist improves voter education in Sierra Leone

    During the first round of Sierra Leone’s 2007 presidential and parliamentary election, 7.3% of the 1.9 million votes cast were considered invalid. jhr-trained journalist, Ibrahim Tarawallie reported at The Concord Times that this number was unreasonably high compared to other post-conflict countries: Liberia at 3%, Ghana at 2% and Iraq at 1%. The National Electoral

  • jhr fellow helps government improve conditions of state prisons in Sierra Leone

    As a part of jhr’s Fellowship program, jhr trained journalist Mohamed Massaquoi investigated the conditions of the Kenema state prison in Sierra Leone. He discovered that the prison had no medical facilities and inmates were afflicted with multiple diseases, including chicken pox, scabies, piles and others. Inmates were sleeping on the bare floor, had insufficient food and were using a single bucket between 4-5 people as a toilet. Overcrowding meant there were 150 people in a space designed for 70.

  • Fighting Pollution from a Rubber Plantation in Liberia

    In late spring Liberian journalist Charles Yates got a tip that that runoff from a rubber plantation was creating severe toxic pollution in North East Liberia. As a result of the training he received from jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) he realized that many people’s rights were being violated, particularly their right to a clean and healthy environment, and that a story might be able to apply pressure on the right authorities.

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