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Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (NMDHR) is a non-governmental organisation working for human rights in Sierra Leone. Its vision is to promote human rights and democratic values. It was established in 2002, working initially in Freetown and Kailahun in the Eastern provinces. It has slowly extended its operation into the neighbouring chiefdoms and then to a number of other districts in the same provinces as a result of indiscriminate violations and bad governance.
The purpose of the organisation is to alleviate the indiscriminate violation of human rights so as to assist in promoting the government's recovery process and enhancement of peaceful co-existence among its people. In the last decade, NMDHR has cooperated with both national and international NGOs, political parties and the Ministry of Social Gender and Children's Affairs (MSWGCA) as well as supporting communities and traditional authorities addressing thematic issues in governance and human rights.
Network Movement for Democracy and Human Rights seeks to promote human rights and good governance through advocacy, lobbying and campaigns to change the mindset of the people and increase participation in governance so that development and peace can take place.
The development and maintenance of a dedicated and participatory workspace can accomplish the NMDHR's mission. The involvement of network and donor partners at all levels in matters that relate to their needs is essential. The promotion of cooperation and teamwork among network partners is crucial, and it is important to recognize and respect the dignity of the individual in accordance with Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation demonstrates the following core values: respect for gender, accountability and transparency, inclusiveness, tolerance, professionalism, commitment, collaboration and truthfulness.
- In 2004, NMDHR monitored and observed the Local Council Election. It was funded by UNDP
- In April 2005, NMDHR researched and produced a report document on human trafficking in Sierra Leone. Thereafter, in July 2005, NMDHR was able to do an assessment survey on human trafficking which was disseminated to the public and government for precautionary measures.
- In 2005 – 2006, NMDHR participated in the National Child Protection Campaign in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and supported by UNICEF.
- In 2005, NMDHR participated in a Forum for the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul, the Gambia.
- In 2006 – 2007, NMDHR succeeded in bringing political parties together in various regions on the theme 'Promoting political tolerance and gender participation in governance'. The project was supported by ENCISS.
- In 2007, NMDHR participated in Presidential and Parliamentary Electoral Processes observation. It was funded by DFID and VSO. The process was free and fair.
- It has implemented national advocacy on free healthcare services for rural pregnant women and teenage pregnancy.
- It has created platforms for youths to engage their elected representatives on their community's development agenda.
- It has conducted a campaign on women's rights and violence against women.
- It has worked for reconciliation between ex-combatants and non-combatants.
Last updated: November 2017