CICJ seminar: Fighting for human rights in Burundi and Zimbabwe

Two human rights defenders from Burundi and Zimbabwe will share their experiences of fighting for human rights in a hostile environment during a seminar on 28 May at VU University. Richard Nimubona and Nkosilatih Emmanuel Noyo will be in the Netherlands in the context of the Shelter City project of the Dutch NGO Justice & Peace. Through this project, Justice & Peace offers human rights defenders the possibility for rest and respite by letting them escape from a temporarily threatening situation.

NKOSILATHI EMMANUEL MOYO is a human rights defender and democracy activist based in the small mining town of Kwekwe, in Zimbabwe. In 2010 he founded the Zimbabwe Organization for the Youth in Politics (ZOYP), a community based organization working with human rights defenders and youths who aspire to be in political leadership from across political divides. Mr. Moyo has also established the ‘Community Human Rights Defenders Academy’ where he is educating and training human rights defenders based in remote and grassroots areas to help them perform their human rights work.

RICHARD NIMUBONA is a vocal human rights activist in Burundi who often publicly denounces the abuses committed by those in power. He works as a prison legal observer for APRODH (Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues). The organisation seeks to assess the status of human rights in general and the rights of persons deprived of freedom in particular. Its activities involve the fight against torture and all kinds of violence and abuse, and advocating for victims of human rights violations as well as assisting vulnerable people to access fair justice.

Thursday 28 May 2015, 15.00-17.00
VU University Main Building, 5A-05

You are most welcome to attend this seminar.

Please inform Joris van Wijk in advance (j.van.wijk@vu.nl).

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