PRAWA is a Non-governmental organization aimed at promoting Security, Justice and Development in Africa. It was established in 1994 and in 1998 it secured observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The organization has three major programme components namely, Security and Justice Sector Reform Programme Component, Social Development and Rehabilitation Programme Component and Research and Documentation Programme Component.
It utilizes the following strategies in the implementation of it Programmes:
- Training and Capacity Building (TRACAD)
- Research and Advocacy
- Human Rights Monitoring
- Rehabilitation, Care and Support Services (RECASS)
- Community Justice Programme and Engagement (COJUP).
Prisons generally are poorly funded. In Africa, congestion, overcrowding, lack of welfare amenities, inadequate medical facilities have been identified as major problems facing the prisons. PRAWA in partnership with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Correctional Services Association (ACSA), the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) with the support of the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs has [...]
There are existing evidences to show that the United Nation Standard minimum rule for the treatment of prisoners including those relating to the prison officers are not followed in practices. (Amnesty International Feb. 2008) PRAWA is working with all human Rights interest groups with the support of British high Commission to improve the awareness and observance of international human rights principle and good prison practices in Nigeria [...]
The problem of illegal migration is a critical problem faced by Nigerians. This has untold and significant implications to Nigeria and the receiving countries. No fewer than twenty thousand Nigerians are currently languishing in various prison and detention centers across Europe for various forms of immigration offences such as forged documents, over stay, drug related offences and fraud, etc. PRAWA in partnership with British High Commission is working [...]
In the criminal justice sectors of Enugu state, Nigeria, there have been identified critical blockages in the system that slow down or prevent the delivery of effective criminal justice. These lead to a range of negative knock–on effects. The Department for International Development (DFID) funded Nigeria Justice for All (J4A) Programme in partnership with PRAWA is working with the government of Enugu state and other partners to speed up criminal justice system in the state [...]
Despite the absolute prohibition against torture, its practice continues to be a feature of several state and non-state actors across Africa. Historically, denial has always surrounded the issue of torture; from the perpetrators’ denial of individuals’ human rights, to the state’s denial of the practice of torture. Standing up for survivors of torture and ensuring that they are supported in their efforts to rebuild their lives has always been one of PRAWA major priorities [...]