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.

Contra Nocendi statement on the kidnapping of children from PSS Nkwen

Contra Nocendi welcomes with great relief the news of the release of the 79 children abducted from PSS Nkwen Bamenda. We have expressed our disgust for this act which amounts to a serious violation of international human rights and international humanitarian law. The idea that it is ever acceptable to kidnap children is unequivocally wrong. These children were at a boarding school to be educated and put in a position to have better opportunities in life. Instead their rights have been unquestionably violated and their safety has been put at risk. We are unable to see the logic in such behaviour. Ripping children from their beds in their dorms is not heroic. It is a cowardly act.

Contra Nocendi has in the past repeatedly condemned the use of children as pawns and strongly advocated for the respect of children’s right to access to education. We stand by this declaration and have in the past defended our position. We are guided by the firm believe that children who represent one of most vulnerable groups in every society need special protection from harm. We are equally guided by the array of international laws including IHRL and IHL and the near global support for children’s right specifically their right to education. The collective international condemnation of the recent abductions speaks to this.  We have reiterated the fact that the international community frowns at actions that threaten children’s access to education. We have previously shared the view that very few in this current age will remain indifferent to the plight of children of school going age being forcefully deprived of education. That no entity or party in any conflict is likely to gain credibility in the eyes of the international community for depriving children from education.

Some NGOs have raised concerns about the age of the children that were abducted in terms of them potentially being used in the future as child soldiers. We remind anyone wishing to induce children to join an armed group and/or to induce children to directly participate in hostilities are acting in a manner inconsistent with international law. Doing so during an armed conflict, regardless of the character of said conflict, is a violation of international humanitarian law and is a war crime.

 

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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