INTERNSHIPS AT THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, BLANTYRE, MALAWI (CHREAA) CHREAA welcomes applications from any second or third year law students, or those completing, or those who have completed the GDL, LPC or BVC for an internship with our organisation. Malawi is a country which has little legal provision for those who cannot afford a private lawyer. The prison population is approximately 12,000 and over 90% of them will not have any legal representation at trial. CHREAA is an NGO which was set up in 2000 and aims to help alleviate this problem and to promote and protect human rights, by assisting the vulnerable and marginalized to access justice through civic education, advocacy, legal advice and assistance. The work of CHREAA is divided into three main areas:
  1. We work within prisons to educate prisoners as to their legal rights. We hold drama workshops within the prisons which educate the prisoners on the legal system, the law and their rights through the use of role-play, games and theatre.
  1. We hold community clinics in rural areas to try and encourage methods of mediation and ADR between locals, who do not have access to the legal system.  We work closely with the heads of each village we visit, to establish programs of human rights education, tackling issues such as HIV, gender based violence, land disputes, inheritance and issues arising from the Witchcraft Act.
  1. We help run pro bono special interest cases, where we challenge the interpretation of the Malawian constitution; all such cases have a human rights element. Recent examples of some of the cases we have taken up include the detention of juveniles in adult prisons and unacceptable lengths of detentions of remandees.
  Each intern will be assigned to one of the paralegals that work at CHREAA. Their work will include helping run the community clinics and advice to prisoners, interviewing prisoners to assist their case, whether for bail applications or trial, helping arrange pro bono assistance from a lawyer at Court and joining in and assisting in prisoner education sessions. The intern’s work will also involve undertaking legal research on relevant areas of international law, in order to assist with our special interest constitutional cases. Internships will normally last a period of one month, however if any intern wants to stay for a longer period, this can be arranged. We are happy to accept interns throughout the year.  Applications should be addressed to Victor Mhango and be sent by email to Applicants should set out in a covering email why they would like to undertake the internship, their preferred dates for the internship and also attach a CV. We particularly welcome applications from those who our committed to the development of human rights. Victor Mhango, Executive Director, CHREAA