The Burundian Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (CBDDH) is a coalition of organizations defending and promoting human rights in Burundi, it is aim to improve the working environment and the protection of human rights defenders (HRD). The CBDDH is a platform established to promote synergy, cooperation, collaboration and sharing of best practices among human rights defenders at the national and international levels to overcome the challenges encountered.
It was created in 2009 by eleven (11) civil society organizations (CSOs) involved in various human rights sectors throughout the country and membership is open to all civil society organizations and HRDs who wish to do so. The establishment of this coalition was motivated by the incomprehension of CSOs’ activities by the public authorities, which made the work environment of the HRDs increasingly risky in Burundi. It is obvious that the actors in human rights in Burundi needed a structure to deal with sensitive issues affecting HRDs in Burundi.