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ALCR - Association for the Fight Against Ritual Murder

ALCRLocation : Libreville

Creation : 2005

Local issues : Ritual murder – assassinations where the body is found mutilated – are committed in order for a company to be successful, for the promotion of political life or any other major high public role. The assassin and the backer are rarely detained. Several constraints obstruct the legal action: threats and pressure against the families, corruption of state agents, high cost of the procedures or autopsies…

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Samba Mwanas

 

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Country : Gabon

City : Libreville

Creation: 2010

Local issues: A 2011 study by the Gabonese Observatory of Children’s Rights revealed that 77 % of children are victims of physical, psychological, moral and sexual violence. 40.6 % of the violence happens at home, 32.4 % in the community, 12.9 % at school, 1.4% at the hand of the justice system and 0.2% in care facilities for troubled children.

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SIFOS

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Location : Libreville

Creation : 2000

Local issues : Originally organised in Benin and Togo, the trafficking has spread to most of the countries in the sub- region (Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria). The exploiters are often foreigners that employ children in their native country.

The number of child victims of human trafficking present in the Gabonese territory is obviously poorly known.Numbers vary between 3000 and 45 000 children. Each year, hundreds of children are sent illegally to Gabon for work, mainly in commerce or domestic work. These minors exploited for financial purposes are often subjected to other forms of violence, even sexual abuse from the father of the host family.

 

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The Voice of the Forgotten (LVO)

VDO logoCountry: Gabon

City: Port Gentil

Creation: 2010

Local issues: Gabon has few detention centres and limited capacity. The existing centres are massively overpopulated and rights abuses are often denounced. Indeed, citizens can be remanded on the basis of a simple report from a judicial police officer. Pre-trial detention can be extended by the investigating magistrate. However, since the courts are overloaded and the judicial machine is hardly efficient, extended pre-trial detention are common. Around one third of the detainees in the nine prisons of the country are awaiting trial, their pre-trial detention sometimes lasting for up to three years. Legal assistance for poverty-stricken defendants is set out in a 1982 Law and a 2012 Decree. It has, however, no effect because impoverished people are unaware of the law in question and face financial difficulties to deal with the real cost of Gabonese justice.

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ADHUC - Association on Human Rights in the Prison Environment

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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.

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ALTO African Children

AltoLocation : Pointe Noire

Creation : 2002

Local issues : The Republic of the Congo is considered as a country of origin but also a destination for children victims of human trafficking for the purpose of forced labour or sexual exploitation. The two main destination cities are Brazzaville (which receives a large number of victims from the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Pointe Noire (which received children victims mainly from West Africa and more particularly from Benin). These children are enslaved and exploited as domestic labour, as street vendors, or employed in fishing activities and in certain cases delivered to prostitution rings. Many are subjected to inhumane treatment. All of them without school enrolment and free time.

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