We advocate

for the rights of all

We engage international human rights bodies and other actors to promote advancements in human rights for all persons.

We stand

against inhuman treatment

We monitor detention centres to measure against international standards, treaties and protections afforded to persons held in detention.

We support

A Pro Bono legal clinic

Contra Nocendi International supports a pro bono legal clinic that provides advice to persons in detention as well as persons who may have concerns about detention.

We provide training

for non governmental organisations

We provide support and training for local NGOs to help augment their capacity to provide more durable and lasting programming for their communities.

Our Organisation

We are a Paris-based international human rights NGO working toward the advancement and protection of human rights in Africa through capacity building and peacebuilding.

Our Mission

Contra Nocendi International stands shoulder to shoulder with human rights defenders to uphold the dignity of all persons.

Our partners

We work closely with partner organisations, government officials and activists to facilitate the necessary respect for all human rights. We also engage in capacity building by working to help augment the monitoring capacities of local NGOs.

Our values

Contra Nocendi embraces the UN Charter and stands firmly behind the prohibition of discrimination and does not discriminate based on sex, age, gender, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnic background, culture, language.

Giving peace a chance- Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege wins Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese gynecologist and surgeon Denis Mukwege won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month for more than two decades of work in healing victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mukwege was declared the winner of the coveted prize on October 5, 2018 at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo along with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was held as a sex slave by the ISIS and has since been a Yazidi rights activist. Murad is the 17th woman and the second youngest recipient of the award after Malala Yousafzai.

Contra Nocendi International congratulates Mukwege and Murad for their extraordinary contribution to human rights and their work in emancipating victims of human rights abuse and sexual violence, a cause for which they have put their own lives at risk on several occasions.

Mukwege has previously won the United Nations Human Rights Prize as well as the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize as well. He currently heads Panzi Hospital in Bukhavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which he founded over 20 years ago. At this hospital, he treats thousands of women every year who have suffered from grave sexual assault.

We also commend Murad’s work, and her activism, which touches a countless number of people affected by the Islamic State. Murad escaped from the ISIS, which repeatedly sold her as part of sex slavery after abducting her from her home in northern Iraq.

The peace prize for this year comes at a time when the global #metoo movement is gaining traction in several nations and there is increasing focus on the mistreatment and abuse of women. The movement is becoming popular as more and more women are coming up and speaking about their incidents of harassment, abuse and suffering at the hands of men. Not only has the movement encouraged women to come out and talk about their experiences, but it is also led to several cases of abuse to come out in the open and the perpetrators being held accountable in a lot of cases.

“#Metoo and war crimes are not quite the same. But they have in common that they see the suffering of women, the abuse of women and that it is important that women leave the concept of shame behind and speak up,” news outlet Reuters quoted Nobel Committee Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen as saying.

At Contra Nocendi, our mission is to continue advocating for human rights and to uphold humanitarian and human rights laws that protect the rights of all groups including women, especially amidst violent situations in conflict zones. We applaud the work of Mukwege and his stupendous contributions toward upholding human rights in the African continent.

The laureate’s continuing contribution to combating an important and gruesome aspect of war crimes is an inspiration to people working in the arena of human rights globally.

Promoting Peace and Human Rights: Spotlight on a Partner


ASODECOM, Action Solidaire pour le Développement Communautaire in Burundi

A significant part of our work at Contra Nocendi International is done in collaboration with partners on the ground. One such organisation is ASODECOM, Action Solidaire pour le Développement Communautaire, in Burundi. ASODECOM is a civil society organisation in that engages in human rights, peacebuilding, and development activities through capacity building and advocacy.

The multifaceted approach taken by ASODECOM supports local communities and has developed a level of expertise that we at Contra Nocendi International hold in high regard. Additionally, ASODECOM has special consultative status with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and has developed a strong reputation for engaging in its work in an objective and apolitical manner. 

ASODECOM and human rights and development programming

A large part of ASODECOM’s programming is not focused directly on human rights promotion and observation, but rather on deploying effective development programs to provide support and opportunity for local communities.

ASODECOM has conducted workshops on human rights promotion to help expand awareness international law and Burundian domestic law. They also actively participate in dialogue relating to human rights challenges and promotion as well as participate in local platforms in order to advocate for protections.

Learn more about ASODECOM and other partners by clicking on the Our Partners page.




Human rights are core to the 2030 Agenda, and sustainable development is a powerful vehicle for the realization of all human rights,”

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, speaking to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, 7 March, 2019 


 Promoting peacebuilding capacities, Contra Nocendi International advances both:  

Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality and

Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions



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