Human Right Protection and Legal Service Center (HRPLSC) is a regional organisation, established since 2000 and affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC). HRPLSC works in the area of human rights protection and promotion, and peacebuilding through awareness raising activities, advocacy campaigns, capacity building and community mobilisation. It envisions a just and equitable society wherein everyone exercises their fundamental rights. HRPLSC strives to empower local people to take a collective stand against injustice and human rights violations, to hold those in power accountable to the people, and initiate local-level actions towards constructive conflict transformation.
HRPLSC primarily works in the mid and far western regions of Nepal, with its primary base in Rapti and a regional office in Nepalgunj. HRPLSC believes that human rights promotion and protection at the community level is not possible unless community youths are mobilised, thus HRPLSC has developed a model of working with youth clubs. Over the years, HRPLSC has implemented its human rights projects with more than 50 youth clubs and some 540 “peace awakening” radio clubs, which were formed as a result of a radio programme on peace promotion developed by HRPLSC. These clubs are working at the community level, mobilising people in order to take part in activities promoting respect for human rights and establishing a culture of peace.
- People's Initiative for Sustainable Peace: raising awareness for peace through training, workshop, campaign, radio programme, institutional support, capacity building
- Building Local Capacity to Promote respect for Human Rights: conflict transformation training, media mobile camps, human rights and peace education at schools, and newspaper publishing by youth groups as part of an awareness programme in cooperation with the Village Development Committee and district level actors.