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proces hissene habre septembre 2015

In 1992, as I left the office of Mahamat Hassan Abakar, the President of the National Committee of Enquiry into the crimes of Hissene Habre I was appalled by the sheer enormity of the crimes of the blood-thirsty dictator, protected both by France and by the United States. But I never for a moment imagined that our young organisation barely two years old, had established the foundation of a collaboration that was going to last for at least twenty years.

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Mauritania must free anti-slavery activists and human rights defenders immediately

Mauritanie : militants condamnésOn 17 February, 33 regional and international organisations – including Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme – signed a joint communiqué against the unjustified sentencing of three Mauritanian anti-slavery activists to two years in prison.

One of these activists is Biram Dah Abeid, president of the organisation IRA. AEDH knows Biram well, and was able to visit him in prison in February 2011 during a previous prison sentence. Our organisation has drawn upon its emergency fund for human rights defenders in danger in order to support those members of IRA who have been detained. Increasing repression of Mauritanian civil society activists is a source of major concern for the future of the country.

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Who were our partners in 2014?

Partenaires soutenus en 2014

The heart of AEDH’s mandate is to support the NGOs on the ground that fight for the respect of freedom and for fundamental rights.

In 2014 we supported financially 19 projects in 15 countries.

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The DECLIK project - Mission of enquiry into prison conditions in the province of North Kivu, DRC

 

Projet DECLIK

Since November 2012 AEDH has been co-ordinating the DECLIK project for the development of the activities of human rights defenders in the two provinces of North and South Kivu in the east of the DRC. The NGO’s concerned – Asadho North Kivu, Arche d’Alliance, PAIF, SOPROP and UCPDHO – have all received grants from AEDH in the past. DECLIK is supported financially by the European Union, the NED foundation based in Washington and the French embassy in DRC. As part of the project there was an enquiry into prison conditions in North Kivu which was carried out in April 2014 in collaboration with The World Organisation against Torture (OMCT).

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The Emergency Fund for human rights defenders marks its 15th year

2014 06 15 ans Fonds urgenceIn 1999, the AEDH administrative council decided to set up an emergency fund for human rights defenders in danger. The Emergency Fund allows the organisation to provide concrete and timely assistance to human rights defenders who have called on us for help and who have been threatened because of their commitment to human rights.

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DRC: DECLIK project supports civil society efforts

 Projet DECLIK

The war that has ravaged the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for more than 20 years has also contributed to the breakdown of ties between people and social groups. While the impacts of the conflict are omnipresent, civil society in DRC is showing itself to be a key player in peacebuilding and reinforcing of the rule of law. It’s for this reason that the DECLIK project (translated as Develop and Accommodate Human Rights Initiatives in the Kivus) – coordinated by Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme and supported by the European Union, the NED foundation and the French embassy in DRC – puts special emphasis on the activities of local organisations.

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