- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Country: the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Creation: 1990 (stopped activities in 1992 and resumed them in 2004 due to the civil war)
Local issues: With an estimated population of 600 000 people, pygmies represent close to 1 % of the population of the DRC. Considered as the first inhabitant of the Congolese basin, these indigenous people are not numerous enough to have a significant influence. They have been particularly affected and continue to suffer the agony of years of successive conflict that the DRC has gone through. They have been victims of many violations – assassinations, summary executions, kidnappings, sexual violence, cannibalism – expression deeply rooted racial discriminations. On the economic and social side, the pressure exerted by Bantu farmers and herdsmen, the deforestation phenomenon and a settlement tendency enhance their precarious situation and the discriminations they are subjected to, especially in relation to land.
Missions: FDAPID’s objectives is to defend, protect and promote the sociocultural and economic rights and interests of pygmies and underprivileged indigenous people as well as to contribute to the improvement of their living conditions. FDAPIP intervenes in the Masisi, Walikale, Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories, in the Nord-Kivu province, and in Kasese, in the Maniema province. The association has branches in these five territories.
Important: FDADIP always stood for the participation of indigenous people in the projects. Currently, the association has pygmies among its founding members. They participate actively in the activities and constitute the large majority of members in the branches.
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Partnership with AEDH: since 2015
AEDH Support: In the context of the DEFI project, AEDH supports the general functioning of the association and has, particularly, financed the constitution of a team of paralegals to monitor the situation of the rights of the indigenous population and to give them legal and judicial assistance. The association has also benefited from sub-grants in the context of the DECLIK project.