We are pleased to be able to give a preview of current work being done by our legal staff to support the right to redress for victims of torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in Africa. As much of our current work is focused on the rights of persons held in detention, this work has special significance to Contra Nocendi International.
As we observed the World Day Against the Death Penalty, Contra Nocendi proudly stands firmly against the imposition of capital punishment. We find the use of capital punishment as irreconcilable with international human rights law and against the values that make Contra Nocendi strong. Indeed, 2015 was a dramatic year recording an increase of 54% in the number of people executed within twenty five countries.
Contra Nocendi International was deeply disappointed upon reading the decision of the East African Court of Justice in Reference No 2 of 2015. Whilst we are disappointed by the result, we wish to extend our deepest respects to the East African Civil Society Forum for bringing the application to seek a peaceful resolution to the dispute and to the Pan-African Lawyers Union for their work on the application.
Recent reports across the globe have been made regarding threats from the government of Burundi to withdraw from the Rome Statute, which was ratified by Burundi on 21 September 2004.
The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is a vital piece to the puzzle that is international justice.
We are deeply concerned by the news that the visa of Pamela Capizzi of TRIAL International has been cancelled by Burundian authorities. Ms Capizzi was in Burundi providing training on international crimes and needed capacity building support for civil society organisations in Burundi.
A significant part of our work done here at Contra Nocendi International is done in collaboration with partners on the ground. One such organisation is ASODECOM (Action Solidaire pour le Développement Communautaire) from Ngozi, Burundi. ASODECOM is a civil society organisation in Burundi that engages in human rights and development issues through programs, advice andadvocacy.