Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits de l’Homme
The Ligue ivoirienne des droits de l’Homme [Ivory Coast Human Rights League, LIDHO] is politically and religiously independent. Its main aim is to work towards creating a state of law in Ivory Coast.
To achieve that objective, it works in particular towards strengthening the legal system and ensuring an independent justice system and fair and effective civil and political rights. In concrete terms, LIDHO organises campaigns and demonstrations denouncing human rights violations and arranges training, awareness raising, lobbying and legal assistance for the victims of human rights violations it welcomes and listens to.
In particular, it has put in place the Human Rights and Freedoms Observatory in the academic environment and the Rights of People Living with HIV-AIDS Observatory.
Created on 21 March 1987, LIDHO had to wait until 1990 for official recognition. It survives on subscriptions from its members and financing from overseas partners, including Oxfam Novib, the European Union, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the National Democracy Institute. LIDHO received the Freedom Prize of the Republic of France in 1993.
Locally, LIDHO units cover the entire country. The League is also part of several Ivory Coast bodies, the International Human Rights Union (UIDH) and the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH).