The project will offer advice and information on a wide variety of social, economic and civil rights to poor people. There are currently three rights advice centres in Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Adama, and each centre runs outreach clinics in the surrounding rural areas. In addition, the centre in Adama runs a regular service in the local prison.
The project is part of the community service program of Addis Ababa University. It aims at promoting, protecting and enforcing human rights through a legal aid project that will establish free legal aid centres and create public awareness of human rights issues through radio programs and publications. It will also use the evidence gathered through the legal aid centres to channel information back to the law-makers and the executive on the impact of laws and policies, particularly on poor people, who are expected to be the main clients of the services to be provided.
Norway is working with the government, NGOs and other institutions to support improvement of the human rights situation in Ethiopia. This project is an important part of that work.