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 to see a democratic Ethiopia and has a mission of echoing principles of democracy to make it the 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.
CARD is an organization that follows a rights-centered approach to help the democratization process in Ethiopia. As in the current socio-political situation demands, CARD has been focusing, in 2019/20, on youth’s civic engagement, and promoting conflict-sensitive dialogue through informed freedom of expression, as well as combating disinformation, hate and dangerous speech. CARD is also dedicated grassroots empowerments of the youth and women to make human rights a popular movement in Ethiopia.
To see a democratic Ethiopia.
To echo principles of democracy to make democracy the rule of the game in Ethiopia.
CARD, as legally registered for, and is mandated to:
- Awareness creation to develop a democratic culture in Ethiopia;
- Monitoring and evaluation of the state of human rights and democracy to hold state and non-state actors accountable;
- Doing researches, consultations, and advocacy to influence necessary policy changes that help for democratization;
- Making technical and professional support to democratic institutions;
- Monitoring and evaluating police detention centers, correction centers, and courts to have human and democratic rights respected;
- Doing elections’ observation as well as civic and voters’ education.