Every day ordinary people in the poorest parts of the world are taking a stand against human rights violations and the denial of basic services which many of us take for granted.
Sacrificing their own safety, they challenge vested interests, stand up to oppressive governments and sometimes put their lives on the line.
It is the right of all citizens in every country to be able to hold their government to account.
Working with partner organisations, Trócaire supports the work of documenting human rights violations and challenging those responsible, and empowering marginalised people, especially women, to participate in governance processes and demand accountability from their governments.
Impact of Trócaire’s human rights and justice work:
Last year, Trócaire supported governance and human rights programmes in 16 countries reaching 356,240 people directly and over 3 million indirectly.
Protecting human rights
In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, 757 successful cases of freedom of movement enabled people to access their land in the West Bank and gain entry and exit permits between Israel and Gaza.
In Guatemala, 785 human rights defenders received protection after attack or incident.
One hundred human rights violations were documented in Honduras with five reports presented at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Action on social rights and services
In India, 53,985 people learned about women’s rights, rural employment rights and were better informed about social services. Over 96% of community priorities were included in local development plans, including roads and land development.
Lobbying in Sierra Leone brought 14 service improvements, including a health centre and a school building.
In Honduras, 17 community organisations conducted social audits on local budgets, health and education.
Sixteen community groups in Malawi increased their knowledge of district budgeting.
In Sierra Leone, 19 submissions were made by women’s groups to improve local services including better hygiene in a maternity hospital and street lighting.
In Honduras, 91 community groups we support have women in leadership roles.
Photo: Elena Hermosa. Catalina Sanchez Solis, testifies at the 2013 trial of Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
Fresh from the Blog, Justice
Another week, another appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean. Around 200 people are thought to have drowned when a boat capsized on Wednesday. The death toll would have been worse were it not for the skill and bravery of Irish Naval Service, who were thankfully on hand to rescue people from the ocean.
If recent events in Europe have highlighted anything it is the all-too-often slow response of political systems to structural crises. It is perhaps the nature of democracy that tough decisions are delayed and unpopular measures long-fingered until such a time as the elephant in the room has morphed into a stampeding herd.
The Financing for Development Summit in Addis Ababa has ended disappointingly, with wealthy countries refusing to sign-up to the reforms and spending commitments necessary to tackle extreme poverty.