The detention of Nestor NIBITANGA, former representative of the Burundian Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), in East-central Burundi, extends the list of Burundian human rights defenders persecuted by the authorities from Bujumbura. Download the full statement here.
The meeting, facilitated by Defend defenders under the funding of The Fund for Global Human Rights, gathered representatives of coalition member organizations from June 20th to 21th 2017. The Work including presentations and workshop discussions converged toward two objectives: (i) strengthening the organizational structure of the coalition through tools that clarify and complement the Charter on Vision, Mission, Objectives, Criteria of application, governance structure, roles and responsibilities of its members, conflict resolution mechanisms and (ii) assessment and capacity building of members through skills that enable human rights defenders to play their role. The themes developed are: the situation of human rights in Burundi, the achievements and challenges of the coalition’ secretariat, the experience of the National coalition [...]
On 9 April, as usual, burundian civil society organization organized a campaign to demand justice for the late human rights defender Ernest Manirunva, Vice-President of OLUCOME (Organization for the Fight against Corruption and economic embezzlement) brutally murdered on 9 April 2009 in Burundi. In solidarity with its basic organization, in addition of theOLUCOME President's statement (link of the statement), Defend defenders in collaboration with the CBDDH organized a gathering of Burundian HRDs and the staff of Defend defenders with a candle light in hand to symbolize the search for the truth about his savage assassination. People who knew him during his lifetime testified about his person and his commitment to the establishment of good governance and the fight [...]