The Legal Resource Centre is a human rights organisation that uses the law as an instrument of justice for the vulnerable and marginalised, including poor, homeless, and landless people and communities who suffer discrimination by reason of race, class, gender, disability or by reason of social, economic, and historical circumstances.
The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is hosting the executive heads of 10 National Civil Liberties Organisations this week in Cape Town to identify issues of mutual interest, and share and discuss strategic responses to issues which threaten civil liberties, freedom of expression, and constitutional democracy.
The International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO) has emerged from meetings held by 10 national civil liberties organisations over the last three years. These organisations represent a diverse geographical mix and meetings bring together groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and cultures who strive to defend civil liberties, freedom of expression and constitutional democracy.
The challenges faced in organisational capacity building, and areas where exchange of information could enhance domestic work and enable potential collaboration are also on the agenda.
The meeting also involves executive heads of each of the organisations below:
- Anthony Romero (American Civil Liberties Union, refer to www.aclu.org/leader/anthony-d-romero;
- Balazs Denes (Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, refer to www.tasz.hu;
- Gaston Chillier (Argentinian Center for Legal and Social Studies, refer to www.cels.org.ar;
- Hagai El-Ad (Association for Civil Rights in Israel, refer to www.acri.org.il/en/?p=518;
- Mark Kelly (Irish Council for Civil Liberties, refer to www.iccl.ie/iccl-staff-2.html;
- Muthoni Wanyeki (Kenya Human Rights Commission, refer to www.khrc.or.ke;
- Nathalie Des Rosiers (Canadian Civil Liberties Association, refer to www.ccla.org/about-us/staff;
- Shami Chakrbarti (Liberty UK), refer to www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/about/structure/liberty-director.php;
- Janet Love (Legal Resources Centre – LRC, refer to www.lrc.org.za/our-people.
Hossam Bahgat from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights was not able to travel owing to his current involvement in the constitutional-making process in Egypt but joined the meeting for some of the time on-line.
For interviews with members of the group, contact:
Legal Resources Centre
Tel: 011 838 6601, Mobile: 083 695 2025.
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