The Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour les Droits Humains et l’Environnement (Centre for Research and Action for Human Rights and the Environment, CRADHE) was created in 2009, and was authorised to function by July 2010, with the aim to contribute to the reinforcement of peacebuilding in oil exploitation zones but also to the democratisation process in Chad.
CRADHE emanated from a pool of experts and researchers made up of professional jurists, political commentators, journalists, sociologists and environmentalists that were willing to put their knowledge at the service of human rights and the environment for a lasting peace in Chad. Its objective is to contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law and a truly democratic society in which every Chadian citizen is fully aware and conscience of their rights and duties.
CRADHE’s main activities include legal assistance, the implementation of community relay stations as well as surveillance and alert mechanisms within communities, conflict resolution workshops and discussions on peaceful cohabitation between communities.
Thanks to these activities, CRADHE has enabled local populations within its intervention zone to resolve their conflicts by presenting themselves to the established jurisdictions. These jurisdictions regularly consult CRADHE's community relay stations as well as village delegates settled in the villages and cantons. They counsel, advise and assist with legal drafting. This work empowers beneficiaries to take legal action against military leaders and local government officials that have taken advantage of their ignorance and wrongfully expropriated their belongings, and in return succeed in their claims.
In the educational environment, the clubs that are formed by CRADHE's projects are considered to be trustworthy partners by school officials. Sometimes, they work with these officials directly, to help teach students to resolve their conflicts in a peaceful manner.