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.

Why we focus on treatment in detention in Burundi and Cameroon

Below is the English version of this release. The French version shall be available shortly.

Contra Nocendi’s current work focuses our efforts largely on treatment in detention in Burundi and Cameroon. While this work may have some negative connotations linked to the idea of providing support for persons who are in detention centers, these connotations may mislead observers as to the purpose and need for such support.


Contra Nocendi is by no means naïve to the idea that there are legitimate grounds for detention and that there is crime in both Cameroon and Burundi. Unfortunately, like every other country on the planet, Cameroon and Burundi do face legitimate concerns with criminality. Regardless of whether a person has committed a criminal offense, that person has human rights applicable to their treatment in detention. Indeed, this is not just a question of international human rights law, but is also a legal reality expressly engaged by the respective domestic laws of Burundi and Cameroon.

In Burundi, we are working with local NGOs in the efforts to regularly visit detention centers and provide impartial and objective monitoring of the conditions at the detention center in light of international legal protections and domestic legal protections afforded to persons in detention. The local NGOs also aim to connect detainees to information about legal counsel should this need arise.

In Cameroon, our Cameroon section hosts a pro bono legal clinic in Buea that provides advice to persons in detention as well as persons who may have concerns about detention. Representatives from the Cameroon section will soon be working with local authorities on providing monitoring of local detention centers and to provide regular monitoring reports for those centers of detention. Legal counsel is provided by the Cameroon section where appropriate and persons may also be referred to local counsel where appropriate.

Even with the most heinous of crimes we must not forget that those involved, including the alleged perpetrator, are all human beings who by virtue of having a pulse have rights that must be respected. No person may be exposed to acts of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. All detainees must be afforded medical treatment to the standard of the medical system in their country. They must be able to communicate in a private and secure setting with their legal counsel. The right of a detainee to communicate with the outside world also includes maintaining contact and their relationships with their families.

It cannot be forgotten that not every person in a detention center has been convicted. Pre-trial detention is far from uncommon in Burundi and Cameroon. These detainees must be treated in a manner conducive with an accused person who has a presumption of innocence. Pre-trial detainees must also be separated from convicted detainees.

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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