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Forum Africa Heritage and Human Rights Network

Monrovia, Liberia
Joined May 2020

The organization works in the north central and the urban south of Liberia. It addresses injustices, and provides paralegal and alternative dispute resolution serves to victims of violation and abuse.

Presence in: Liberia
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights

Forum Africa Heritage and Human Rights Network(FAHHRNet) was previously organized in Sierra Leone in 2003 as a Community Based Organization by a group of Liberian refugees headed by me, who fled from the civil war in Liberia in the 90s. The initial mission of the organization was to advocate against the numerous human rights abuses that were meted out to Liberian refugees by some local staffs of the UNHCR and ordinary host community residents in Sierra Leone. FAHHRNet operates on a three wheeled drive structure consisting of a General Assembly, a Board of Directors and a Secretariat. The Secretariat comprises the Executive Director, Programme Manager, Admi-Finance Officer, Data Officer and three (3) Field Monitors. In 2006, FAHHRNet sought membership into both the Kenema District Civil Society and the Kenema District Human Rights Committees. Through these Committees, our staffs received numerous training opportunities in human rights protection, monitoring and gender law. We also served on several sub-committees on health, prison, local council, land grabbing and environment. FAHHRNet also served in the civil society monitoring group that worked with the Anti Corruptions Commission of Sierra Leone for four (4) years. we participated in Justice Sector Development Program in Sierra Leone during which we were trained as paralegals, advocates, and prison and court monitor. FAHHRNet worked with the National Elections Watch, a consortium of dozens of civil society organizations engaged in observing Elections in Sierra Leone. We observed the General and Presidential Elections in 2008, 2012 and 2018. However, the war having ended in Liberia and many of the organization’s staff being Liberians, in November 2019 FAHHRNet moved to Liberia and registered the organization with the Liberia Business Registry as a National Non Governmental Organization Pursuant to the provision of the not-for-profit corporation Act of Liberia. It addresses injustices in Liberia during this Pandemic

People Associated With This Organization

Sam Jarlwood

Forum Africa Heritage and Human Rights...
Joined May 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am Sam Jarlwood, a Liberian. I hold a university diploma in electoral administration and civic education from the University of Makeni in Northern Sierra Leone. I hold a technical vocational diploma in secretarial education, and several certificates in basic human rights concepts, monitoring, protection and gender law from training programs organized by the then United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone. I am a member of PEN-Sierra Leone and a founding member of PEN-Liberia. I successfully completed training programs in children's book writing organized by PEN-Sierra Leone and CODE-Canada. And I am the author of ''Gbargbartee And Tumbu", a children literature book for primary schools in Sierra Leone. In 1988, I served the Firestone Legal Department as an Administrative Secretary. In 1997, I worked as Director for planning and research at the National Food Assistance Agency of the Government of Liberia. Later, I served the FAWUL Radio Station as a Director. Between 2008 and 2012, I served as Public Relations Officer of the Kenema District Human Rights Committee; and between 2009 and 2013 I served as a member of the Civil Society Monitoring Group of the Anti Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone. I am the founder and Executive Director of Forum Africa Heritage and Human Rights Network based in Liberia. As the Executive Director, I design all programs for the organization and further coordinate and direct all program implementations. I sign all agreements with partners and represent the organization at dialogue conferences and programs both Locally and Internationally. I also serve as secretary to the Board of the organization. However, realizing that there are instances of injustices in the world, I have decided to join the Network in order to help others to know and shape the law. As a Human Rights Activist, I am encouraged to be part of a group that is united by a common focus, a focus of a just and fair world, where people can freely exercise their rights and have a say in the decisions that take control of their destinies; and where we can discus problems, find solutions and seek opportunities. However from research, I have discovered that your organization, NAMATI, seems not to have an affiliate organization in my country, Liberia. Henceforth, if my research is right, then I am joining the Network to adequately inform NAMATI on the several instances of injustices and justice needs in Liberia before and during this pandemic. I am also interested in the NAMATI Network because of the solution usually derived at by the organization in the area of environmental, land, citizenship and Human Rights justices that tend to suffocate vulnerable groups in the world especially in developing countries where justice is not well served to victims of bad governance, dictatorship and tyranny. And above all, joining NAMATI is a sure way of championing abuses and violations in vulnerable society, especially during this unfortunate pandemic period at this time
Sam Jarlwood is the network champion (main point of contact) for Forum Africa Heritage and Human Rights Network.

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