CEHRD's works cover the following three thematic areas:
Human Rights and Governance Program
CEHRD undertakes human rights campaigns, advocacy, and litigation, on behalf of victims of human rights violations. This program pursues good governance through engagement, civic, and voter's education. Also, anti-arms proliferation and unregulated arms trade campaigns are coordinated under this category. CEHRD monitors small arms trade and its misuse or abuse in the hands of government security forces and non-state actors like militia, armed civilian (“cult”) groups, gangsters, etc. We also monitor its consequences on the people, especially women and children. Furthermore, under the Human Rights Program, CEHRD works towards its prevention, minimization and eradication through outreach, education, and legislative campaigns. At the core of the human rights program of CEHRD is the Child Rights Project.
Child Right Project
In July 2009, CEHRD formalised its partnership arrangement with Stepping Stones Foundation to monitor, document and report child right violations in six states (Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Akwa-Ibom and Edo) of the Niger Delta. The project in line with the mandate of Stepping Stone Nigeria (SSN) is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged children such as the so called “child witches” in the Niger Delta. We are working towards a world where every child is free and their rights are protected under a just law.
Rural Health and Community Development Program
CEHRD is concerned about the health of the rural Niger Delta community members. This Program area seeks to address issues of rural health. CEHRD runs this program to create awareness, better knowledge, and provide active health care for the rural people in the Niger Delta geographic communities. We also promote health protection through enlightenment, and outreach campaigns against prevalent diseases such as tuberculosis, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc, and planned parenting.
CEHRD promotes sustainable development of the community in partnership with government where appropriate. However, we oppose ill-planned Development Projects that neglect input from local peoples, including destroying the basis of their rural livelihood and economies. We also promote human rights based development. It is obvious that due to the unevenness in evolution of societies, the development process is often initiated and led by certain categories of people in the community privileged by its history to be enlightened – the top-down approach often lead to “dumped development”. Nevertheless, the development process can only be successful if along the way; there emerge a collectively enlightened people. Apart from this, we are left with a community of beggars and benefactors.
Over the years, CEHRD has carefully ensured that its activities are not influenced by politicians. This has been maintained through non acceptance of bribes or gratifications from the government, oil and gas multinationals or their agencies. The revenue accrued from crude oil which contributes to over 90% of the national revenue, since 1965, predominantly returns to the pocket of those in power and their allies.
Environment and Conservation Program
Recognising that the Environment is life, CEHRD engages in conservation of forests (rainforests, flood plains, and mangrove forests); wild life protection, restoration and bio-diversity conservation; better agricultural and fishing practices to enhance food security. Environmental and conservation program promotes non-violent activities, eco-tourism, volunteerism, community stewardship, and management of local natural resources.