Mission Vision Objectives
Since its inception in 1995, the LHRC has been growing steadily keeping up with a pace of social and economic development of the country. It works throughout Tanzania through its outreach services and human rights violation monitoring activities. LHRC has the capacity to influence policies, laws and issues of practice at the national level, while obtaining its mandate and support from the grassroots.
The LHRC is registered under the Companies Ordinance Chapter 212 of the Laws of Tanzania as a Company without shares limited by guarantee.
The organization was founded from a human rights project of the Tanzania Legal Education Trust (TANLET). It has its main office in Dar es Salaam and a regional office in Arusha.
The LHRC provides its services from its Headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Arusha sub-office and the Legal Aid Centre at Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam. Also the Centre has the provision of Mobile Legal Aid Clinics.
Vision: The Legal and Human Rights Centre envisages a JUST and EQUITABLE society.
Mission: The LHRC is a non-partisan, non-profit sharing, non-governmental organization striving to empower the public, promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights and good governance in Tanzania through legal and civic education and information; sound legal research and advise; monitoring and follow up of human rights violations; and advocacy for reforms of policies, laws and practices to conform to international human rights standards.
Target Groups: The target groups or beneficiaries of the Legal and human Rights Centre (LHRC) include the indigent, women, children, youths, men, people with disabilities, politicians, policy makers, legislators, law enforcers, community leaders, influential people, civil society organizations and the general public.
LHRC has identified five key strategic objectives of which achievements will lead LHRC towards realising an equitable and just society:
The five purposes are aimed :
i).A citizen Centred constitution
ii). Improved laws, policies, and practicles that are human rights sensitive
-Justice Administration system engaged for reform
-Advocacy on legal and policy frameworks improved in conformity to human rights principles
iii).Informed and Empowered Public
iv).Improved monitoring of companies compliance to regional and international standards with regards to economic, social and, environmental rights
v). Efficient, effective, relevant and sustainable LHRC
Values: LHRC has a number of core values that guide the way the members, the board, staff and partners relate and operate. The values of the LHRC are:
v). Professionalism; and
vi).Voluntarism and volunteerism.
i).Promote respect and observance of human rights and democracy;
ii).Promote respect and observance of the rule of law and due processes;
iii).Promote consumer protection;
iv).Create networks with public interest and human rights organisations, non-governmental organisations, universities, relevant research institutions, religious associations and legal associations’ societies;
v). Promote public awareness in the field of environmental protection;
vi).Provide (on request) consultancy services to government and non-governmental organizations provided that it is within the spirit of the social and educational objectives of the LHRC;
vii).Organize and sponsor conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and such other undertakings with a view to promoting the social and educational objectives of the LHRC;
viii).Raise funds for the purposes of the LHRC on such terms as are compatible with the autonomy of the LHRC and within the spirit of its social and educational objectives;
ix).Publish articles and various publications on legal education, society and human rights.
x).PROVIDED that the objectives of the LHRC shall not extend to putting up or supporting candidates for government or local authority elections which would make it a political party within the meaning of a political party as stipulated in the Political Parties Act, 1992.