A highlight of our work in Burundi is focused on supporting a monitoring consortium focused on treatment in detention in partnership with Burundian NGOs. The Consortium focuses on providing reliable monitoring of detention centers as regular intervals to assess the standards of treatment for persons in detention in light on international human rights norms and the applicable domestic provisions on treatment in detention. The partner NGOs meet regularly to discuss the findings of human rights monitors’ visits to detention centers.
Additionally, we offer support to Burundian NGOs as they provide educational sessions for members of the public to raise awareness on human rights. This includes not only international human rights norms, but norms prescribed by Burundian law as well. The Consortium can also engage the relevant government officials to provide any necessary support in facilitating training sessions of police officers and judicial staff in order to make such norms more practically effective.
The Consortium looks to provide detailed reports freely available to the public based on the observations and findings of the visits to the detention centers and the interactions with other key stakeholders. The report will include concrete and comprehensive recommendations for furthering the practical effectiveness of protections provided for persons in detention.
We work with locally based partners
ASODECOM is a civil society organization that engages in human rights and development issues through programs, advice and advocacy. ASODECOM Burundi delivers programmes to children and young people focused on conflict prevention, gender, preventative action, dialogue, meditation and peace education. The multifaceted approach taken by ASODECOM is meant to meet the needs of the communities in which they work and has clearly 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.
ACPDH has a mission is to improve and protect universal human rights in all their settings, and to build a society that is based on the fundamental respect for human rights and social justice. Their prime role is in upholding the rights and liberty of people such as IDPs, refugees and returnees, children and women, and disabled people who are vulnerable to violations and social injustice. CPDH works in communities where people are too poor to pay lawyers and through their 9 provincial focal points are providing a lifeline to people who have been denied justice. ACPDH has run training and sensitization programmes on gender based violence, child protection for police, teachers and local authorities.
(PHOTO CREDIT: ASODECOM Burundi)