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Ashah Razyn Foundation (ARF) is a body corporate established under the laws of Uganda. ARF was established to promote quality legal assistance to indigent and vulnerable people. This was upon realization that the majorities of Ugandans leave in extreme poverty and worsened by lack of access to justice. ARF therefore, seeks to make public systems work for victims of abuse and oppression that urgently need to benefit from proper actual service delivery by govern departments and agencies. In our programs, we work with other stake holders in spearheading the various state human rights obligations of respect, fulfilling and protection towards citizens enjoying their human rights and needs.
ARF lawyers and social workers intervene in individual cases of abuse in partnership with state, Civil Society Organizations, line ministries, policy makers, the academia, development partners, local authorities and other stakeholders. ARF determines the specific source of problem and violation, lack of resources and good will in the system denying victims the protection of their legal rights.
It’s a membership organisation with a purpose of promoting human rights, Access to justice and rule of law in Uganda and has a Board of Directors and a Management Structure. Virtually, the founder aimed at creating a unified voice to challenge the marginalized people in the selected areas of operation, embark on a systematic and long drawn out struggle to gradually unleash their enormous productive potential from bondage that reduced them to sub – humans and instead be active participants even at international level in regard to respecting their human rights, access to justice and achieving sustainable development while improving their livelihoods..
Vision : A society accessing quality legal assistance and free from all kinds of human rights abuses. The ARF envisages a just and equitable society. Here all the three arms of the state [parliament, judiciary and the executive] as well as non-state actors are practicing accountability, transparency and there is rule of law; and where there is public awareness, respect and engagement for human rights and good governance; where justice and respect for human dignity are reality.
Mission: To build and strengthen a sustainable, transparent, accountable and democratic society free from Human Rights abuse through legal representation, civic education information; sound legal research and advise; monitoring and follow up of human rights violations, advocacy for reforms of policies, laws and practices in conformity to national and international human rights standards, implementation and partnership at all levels. We believe that strong local and international partnerships are crucial to achieving our mission, vision and the sustainable development of Uganda.
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