Human rights form the backbone of a just society, and their protection enables individuals and collectives to pursue their desired ends. Yet human rights are too frequently disregarded or revoked when politically expedient or viewed as obstacles to political, environmental, and economic objectives. A just rule of law protects and enforces fundamental rights--the right to life and security of person; freedom of thought, religion, and expression; freedom of assembly and association; fundamental labor rights; the right to privacy; equal protection of the law; and due process of law.
It promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV/ AIDS in Canada and internationally through research and analysis, litigation, advocacy, public education, and community mobilization.
Works to monitor and prosecute cases of institutional violence within the prison system and police, and supports civil society development against government restrictions and the development of the socioeconomic rights of persons.
It advances justice through education, mediation, and advocacy. It provides legal services through their community-based paralegal program.
Works to provide legal and social support to the disenfranchised, through litigation, legal clinics, human rights monitoring, accountability and transparency of government mechanisms, campaigns and advocacy.
Tostan's mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. It was founded in Senegal in 1991, but their Community Empowerment Program (CEP) operates in 6 African countries, commencing their operations in The Gambia in 2007.