OSAPY (Organisation for the Support of Pygmies)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Local issues: In the DRC, the indigenous pygmy people are faced with grave violations of their fundamental rights. This situation is intensified in the remote areas of the province of Bandundu, Equator and Oriental in which the discrimination that still exists is extremely concerning. Pygmies are forest people who depend entirely of the resources of their eco system. Over the years, they have been dispossessed and thrown out of the territories that were their only source of subsistence and the basis of their social system. Today, they find themselves very marginalised at the heart of the Congolese society.
Missions: OSAPY intervenes in the Oriental, Equator and Bandundu provinces. The association has, as a first step, helped pygmies of the Opala region to access land property and send their children to school. The mandate of OSAPY widened and the organisation now works on the consequences of the exploitation of natural resources on the rights of the forest people, on the Reduction of the Emission due to Deforestation and Degradation of the Forests (REDD) and on the social responsibility of companies. It implements its mandate supporting the communities to make sure that the Code of Mines and Forests is respected in negotiating with farming and mining companies and carrying out international advocacy actions.
Partnership with AEDH: since 2004.
AEDH Support: AEDH has supported the pacific coexistence process between the pygmies and the Bantu. It collaborates with OSAPY in the APPEL project (Support the Access of the Pygmy People to their Rights and Encouragement of a reform of the Land Law in the DRC).