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Justice and Human Rights

Trócaire's Justice and Human Rights work includes advocating for democratic and transparent government processes that protect and fulfil the rights of people living in poverty. We also work to protect rights of people who are marginalised and vulnerable to human rights violations.

Key Facts


people directly benefited from Trócaire supported justice and human rights programmes


in Myanmar were given training on land rights and how to raise their concerns with authorities


people in Rwanda worked together to call on the government to modify a programme to protect food security

How we support justice and human rights

Breaking the cycle of poverty means ensuring that people have a say in decisions that affect their own lives and have their basic rights respected and upheld. In countries where Trócaire works people are often excluded from decisions that affect them and their human rights are continually under threat or undermined.

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.

We have witnessed worsening violence against human rights defenders in recent years, particularly those working to defend land, indigenous rights and environmental rights. In 2016, 33 human rights defenders were murdered in Honduras and 12 in Guatemala alone.

We continue to support people who risk their lives to speak up for justice.

Examples of our recent impact:

  • Last year 780,000 people around the world were supported through our justice and human rights programme.
  • In Myanmar, we helped to train 3,000 people about land rights and how to raise problems or concerns with the relevant authorities.
  • Our programmes in Nicaragua mobilised communities to advocate for improved services. In communities where we work 189 proposals relating to basic needs were submitted to local government, 119 of which were accepted.
  • In Sierra Leone 66 meetings were held between leaders and communities focused on service delivery and entitlements for women and girls.
  • In Zimbabwe 81 per cent of people where we work participated in decision-making spaces convened by local leaders.
  • In Rwanda, a government programme to protect food security was modified as a result of recommendations made by 1,024 people supported by Trócaire.

justice and human rights work