SUWE – Synergie Ukingo Wetu
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Local issues: North Kivu is prey to recurrent instability since 1996 and the beginning of the civil war that ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo. Civilians are constantly faced with security problems and are victim of abuse.
In this context, defenders of human rights play a crucial role by denouncing these violations and fighting against impunity. Because of their activities, they face threats and intimidation: kidnapping, arbitrary detention, judicial or disciplinary harassment.
Missions: Established in 2014, Synergy Ukingo Wetu (SUWE) is a coalition of eight organizations defending human rights in North Kivu. This network aims to promote the protection of defenders of human rights: in case of emergency, it can rely on antennas present throughout the province that allow it to investigate cases and implement protection strategies.
SUWE also works with local organizations specialized in the defense of human rights in order to enhance their working methods and to make their safety a central element of their interventions.
Partnership with AEDH: since 2016
AEDH support: SUWE received a grant in 2016 from the RISK project for its project to protect and assist defenders Human rights at risk in the North Kivu province.