Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy (CARD) is a board-led, for-not-profit organization registered in Ethiopia under the revised Civil Societies Law 1113/2019 with registry number 4307. CARD envisions a democratic Ethiopia and has a mission of echoing principles of democracy to make it the only rule of the game in Ethiopia.
CARD is a reimagined and expansive version of a previous organization known as the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP) which was a foreign-based Human Rights Organizations due to legal restrictions in Ethiopia. EHRP has investigated human rights violations in Ethiopia since 2015 and also told the stories of more than 50 political prisoners (prisoners of conscience) and the situation they were detained, advocated for a speedy and fair trial by monitoring the trials of human rights defenders and journalists.
Programs and Targets
CARD is an organization that follows a rights-centered approach to help the democratization process in Ethiopia. CARD is currently working on programs including youth and women empowerment, media literacy, civic engagement, and digital rights. To this end, it has targeted the youth and women in general; specifically, CARD targets media practitioners, online content producers, youth leaders, and activists.
The range of its activities is from awareness creation to advocacy. Therefore, it has been implementing a dozen project activities to create knowledge in researching, in consultation, panel discussions, and training, as well as engaging with stakeholders and policymakers to influence decision making and policy crafting.
To see a democratic Ethiopia.
To echo the principles of democracy in order to make it the only rule of the game in Ethiopia.
CARD, as legally registered for, and is mandated to:
- Awareness creation to nurture democratic culture in Ethiopia;
- Monitoring and evaluation of the state of human rights and democracy, in order to hold both state and non-state actors accountable;
- Conducting research, holding consultations, and pursuing advocacy in order to influence necessary policy changes that help democratization;
- Providing technical and professional support to democratic institutions;
- Monitoring and evaluating police detention centers, correction centers, and courts to ensure human and democratic rights are respected; and
- Performing elections’ observation, as well as civic and voters’ education.