Field missions allow AFHR to engage with HRDs directly and to observe the environment in which they are working so as to expand the network and interconnectivity of HRDs; and facilitate enhanced discussions strategies and best practices. Among a range of follow up work to the Protection AFHR prepare briefing papers, Periodic Review, joint statements and reports with other human rights organizations and multimedia reports for the purpose of advocacy and campaigning.


Advocacy and networking for a just and fair legal and policy environment that promote rights, equality and non-discrimination. The goal is to achieve systemic changes towards the realization of the Human rights

Indigenous people

AFHR advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures and political resilience, to vision a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples' inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance


Every country in the world is now party to at least one human rights treaty that addresses health-related rights. Yet, harmful laws, policies and practices routinely interfere with access to health care and increase vulnerability to ill health, particularly for poor, marginalized or criminalized populations. Our work examines the right to health and a healthy environment, the right to be free from discrimination and arbitrary detention, and the right to information, free speech, expression and assembly as critical means of achieving health. We work on infectious diseases, pollution and environmental health, sexual and reproductive health, and non-communicable disease, including access to palliative care for patients suffering with terminal illness

Women’s Rights

Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives round the world women human rights defenders face threats and risks for their work to challenge discrimination, patriarchy and entrenched privilege. AFHR stands with them in this work, providing intensive training and advocacy support, lobbying to ensure that the role and protection needs of women human rights defenders are reflected in international resolutions and standards, and working with women’s rights activists and groups to promote the effective implementation of these resolutions and standards on the ground.


As the world urbanizes and industrializes, and as effects of climate change intensify, environmental crises will increasingly devastate the lives, health, and livelihoods of people around the globe. A lack of legal regulation and enforcement of industrial and artisanal mining, large-scale dams, deforestation, domestic water and sanitation systems, and heavily polluting industries can lead to host of human rights violations. Activists and ordinary citizens defending their rights to land and the environment may face intimidation, legal harassment and deadly violence. The primary victims of environmental harm are often impoverished and marginalized communities with limited opportunity to meaningfully participate in decision-making and public debate on environmental issues, and have little access to independent courts to achieve accountability and redress

Children’s rights

Millions of children have no access to education; work long hours under hazardous conditions and some suffer targeted attacks on their schools and teachers or languish in institutions or detention centers, where they endure inhumane conditions and assaults on their dignity. Young and immature, they are often easily exploited. In many cases, they are abused by the very individuals responsible for their care. We are working to help protect children around the world, so they can grow into adults

Disability rights

Worldwide one billion individuals have a disability. Many people with disabilities experience a range of barriers to education, health care and other basic services, they are subjected to violence and discrimination. People with disabilities are also often deprived of their right to live independently, as many are locked up in institutions, shackled, or cycled through the criminal justice system. Many of these human rights abuses are a result of entrenched stigma and a lack of community-based services essential to ensuring their rights, including under the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our goal is to help change that, working closely together with disabled persons’ organizations and other partners.


The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework for transforming the world, including Africa, by 2030. Its Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 4 focuses on education and stresses the criticality of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all. Africa’s Agenda 2063 is based on the aspirations of the continent, which include, among others, a prosperous Africa focusing on inclusive growth and sustainable development. AFHR works within this cause to enable all people to access and stay in school till they complete the relevant proficiency and literacy