ADHUC - Association on Human Rights in the Prison Environment
Location : Brazzaville. The association has six regional branches.
Creation : 1995
Local issues : The situation in prisons flouts the most basic rights of the detainees and specifically of the pygmy minority. The physical conditions of detention harms human dignity and some detainees are unfairly detained or kept in detention after having served their sentence. Growing concern: the flow of refugees and asylum seekers leads to a weakening of their rights in the context of an increase of xenophobia in Brazzaville. In 2015, the Congo received 49 430 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly coming from the DRC (18 800 individuals). They are victims of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, inhumane treatment, discrimination and extortion. These abuses are committed by public agents and some Congolese citizens.
Missions : Despite the specific name, the approach on human rights is a general one. The activities are structureds around the promotion, defence and the protection of fundamental rights. In 2013, the association mobilized for the education on rights, for the peace culture and democracy, legal assistance, support to the electoral process and for the fight against impunity.
Important : ADHUC is renowned in the Congo, where it holds the presidency of the Committee on Human Rights and the General Secretariat of the Congolese Coalition for the International Criminal Court. At the international level, it is a member of the OMCT (World Organisation Against Torture).
Partnership with AEDH : Since 2002
AEDH support : Regular aid in the assistance to projects such as:
- In 2012, a project supporting asylum seekers.
- In 2014, a project to train education advisors on human rights.
- In 2015, a project to raise the awareness of Congolese people on their rights and obligations in the context of asylum, on administrative and legal support of asylum seekers and refugees and on the awareness of the authorities (heads of district and police officers) on the rights applicable in this domain.