The Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA)

The Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) is a non-governmental organization which was established in the year 2000 and is working country wide in Malawi. It was officially registered in 2006 under the Trustees Incorporation Act. CHREAA is registered with Council for Non-Governmental Organisations of Malawi (CONGOMA), Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), as well as a partnering with many local and international networks on human rights and access to justice, i.e. Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and OSF. To ensure effective implementation of CHREAA’s activities within the criminal justice agencies, CHREAA has, through its Paralegal Advisory Service Project, signed a Code of Conduct with the Police, Court and Prison under which its paralegals are bound in their work when operating in the said areas. The strict adherence to the Codes of Conduct by CHREAA’s paralegals has helped to build the trust of the stakeholders in the system such that the services offered by the CHREAA paralegals is in high demand. CHREAA acts as a link between all the key stakeholders in the criminal justice system to ensure access to justice for the poor. The organisation works with different communities in the southern part of Malawi in empowering the communities to take part in the delivery of justice through Alternative Dispute Resolution methods and raising awareness on the procedures in the formal justice system. CHREAA has a staff compliment of five people with nine paralegals working in different parts of the country. CHREAA has been working within the criminal justice system since 2000 and its staff and paralegals have the requisite experience and knowledge on how to run a project like this one. The paralegals have undergone various trainings on basic criminal law and procedure investigative skills and ADR management. ShareThis

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