Human Rights and Civil Liberties

PAMONet - The Pan African Mobile Activists Network

PAMONet - the Pan African Mobile Activists Network - has a growing membership in ten African countries in East and Southern Africa and in Western Africa. PAMONet member organizations have been using mobile telephony for activism in relation to:

o Gender violence in Democratic Republic of Congo
o Environmental issues and tobacco control in Nigeria
o Monitoring human rights activities in Zambia

References / Past Projects

PAMONet - the Pan African Mobile Activists Network - is a network of civil society and technical experts from across Africa who are using mobile phone technology for social change.

The objectives of the network, as articulated by members:

o To provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
o To connect mobile telephony practitioners, developers, projects and products.
o To promote, facilitate and strengthen the use of mobile phones among practitioners and developers in creating positive social change.
o To raise awareness on available resources and the benefits of mobile activism.
o To ensure that interested individuals and organizations know when and how to use mobile technology in creating positive social change.
o To provide a platform for Pan-African solidarity incorporating capacity building, training and fundraising.
o To develop best practices and indicators in the implementation of mobile activism.
o To contribute to regional and continental policy on mobile technology distribution, cost and use.

PAMONet has a steering committee of seven members elected from various African countries and from all regions in Africa. Fahamu-Kenya coordinates the activities of the network from the Fahamu – Kenya office in Nairobi.

The network has a growing membership in ten African countries in East and Southern Africa and in Western Africa. PAMONet member organizations have been using mobile telephony for activism in relation to:

o Gender violence in Democratic Republic of Congo
o Environmental issues and tobacco control in Nigeria
o Monitoring human rights activities in Zambia

We are seeking new members interested in learning and sharing experiences in the use of mobile technologies for social activism. We are interested in organisations and individuals from all African countries, with particular interest in Botswana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Senegal, Egypt, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, Namibia, Gabon, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Sudan, Malawi, Djibouti and Somalia. To join the network, send an email to

Human Rights Campaign

From an HRC press release

In an effort to empower supporters to take action on important issues anywhere, at any time, the Human Rights Campaign today launched the HRC Mobile Action Network to deliver up-to-the-minute news and legislative action alerts directly to cell phones.

In an era of 24/7 news and information, the need to deliver important messages to supporters has never been more critical.  By launching the Mobile Action Network, HRC can call on a virtual network of passionate supporters and alert them to take immediate action. 


References / Past Projects

Read more about HRC on the MobileActive blog.


The Hub, a project of human rights advocacy group WITNESS, is a website that hopes to create a new space for human rights related video content, including footage shot on mobile phones.

According to the Hub website,


References / Past Projects

Read more about the Hub on the MobileActive blog.

Call for Change

A new program called Call for Change allows users to call Burma and other humanitarian causes at no cost beyond what their mobile provider charges for a local call.

Call for Change is a program of Rebtel, a Stockholm-based company that provides low-cost and free ways to make calls on a mobile phone. The service works currently works in 40 countries and 50 U.S. cities.

References / Past Projects

More about Call for Change on the blog.

Centre for Policy Alternatives

We are using a Nokia N93i phone to capture content that is feeding into Sri Lanka’s first citizen journalism YouTube channel, the Vikalpa YouTube Video Channel. The channel will be formally launched in the near future with more content added online.


References / Past Projects

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in the firm belief that there is an urgent need to strengthen institution- and capacity-building for good governance and conflict transformation in Sri Lanka and that non-partisan civil society groups have an important and constructive contribution to make to this process.

The primary role envisaged for the Centre in the field of public policy is a pro-active and interventionary one, aimed at the dissemination and advocacy of policy alternatives for non-violent conflict resolution and democratic governance. Accordingly, the work of the Centre involves a major research component through which the policy alternatives advocated are identified and developed. 


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In April 2005, Ajedi-Ka and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict began work on a pilot project using cellular phones and internet technology to facilitate the VCCPs’ reporting of child rights violations.


References / Past Projects



You can read more on the MobileActive blog here.

Indiba-Africa Development Alliance

For Immediate Release


Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa – 13 September 2007

Rural women in KwaZulu Natal will soon be producing their own radio programmes on human rights issues affecting them. This is an initiative of the UmNyango Project, which is currently using SMS technology for rural women and men in KwaZulu Natal to access information to and report incidences of violence against women and children, as well as violations of women’s right to land. There are currently 160 people using this facility, with the overwhelming number being women users.


References / Past Projects

To strengthen and support government departments, statutory institutions (such as national human rights institutions and parastatals), the private sector and civil society organisations to instigate and enhance their capacity to enable integrated and sustainable emancipatory initiatives which promote political, socio-economic, cultural and environmental justice

Human Rights and Justice Group International

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53, Western Avenue, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

Human Rights & Justice Group Int'l (Justice Group) is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit voluntary initiative which was established in 1999 by Nigerians from different professional, cultural and social backgrounds to enhance knowledge, respect and observance of human rights, and to encourage exchange of information and experiences for the betterment of the citizenry through the instrumentality of law, education, enlightenment and humanitarianism.

Justice Group membership is drawn from a rich blend of activists and other professionals working together on a shared commitment to justice, the rule of law and human dignity. The idea of the group was to build awareness about those rights as well as investigate and advocate various means for securing their implementation.


References / Past Projects

We use mobile phone effectively in our e-learning programme to inform participants of the latest development in our training programs. We equally use it in our in human rights violation reporting. The organisation has a hot-line mobile number which victims of human rights abuse use to notify the organisation of the plight as well as seeking assistance for legal aid. On weekly basis we receive up to 50 to 80 distress calls from members of the public for assistance.

Further, in our eLearning courses, we use mobile phones to inform participants of course dates, time for online discussion and for e-Mobile conferencing.

Mobile phone has served us greatly as a new emerging technology for this generation.

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