SADC Integrated Institutional Capacity Building Project
June 14, 2022
The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms
June 14, 2022

Advancing Rights in Southern Africa program (ARISA) is a five-year USAID funded regional program that aims to improve the recognition, awareness, and enforcement of human rights in southern Africa, including the protection of the most vulnerable and marginalized. Freedom House (FH) together with its collaborating partners—the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI), Internews and Pact support national and regional interventionsin eight countries in the region (Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Madagascar, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa) to achieve the following objectives:

  • Improving the enabling environment for the promotion and protection of human rights;
  • Strengthening the capacity of regional and local civil society actors to seek redress of rights violations;
  • Increasing public demand for improved rule of law and human rights protection;
  • and Fostering South-to-South communities of practice for knowledge and resource sharing to advance efforts to address human rights violations.

CANGO has been awarded a grant by ARISA to facilitate implementation of a project titled “Fostering an Enabling Environment for Free Media and Digital Media in Eswatini”. The internet and the development of the right to freedom of expression online has had a particularly enormous impact on the right to freedom of assembly. It has created opportunities for new communities of people to interact regardless of their physical location or other social constraints, to organise and mobilise, and to document protests in real time, including documenting efforts of repression or intimidation.

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