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OCDH

OCDH logoCountry : Congo

City : Brazzaville

Creation : 1994

Local issues : The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) is the scene of numerous fundamental rights violations. Individual freedoms are flouted and any protest movement is stifled by the authorities. Arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, torture or ill-treatment are carried out with impunity by the armed forces.

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DCI Ghana – Defense for Children International Ghana

DCIGhanaLocation : Kumasi

Creation : 1996

Local issues : In Ghana, in the Ashanti region, the city of Kumasi is the centre for human trafficking. It is located in the very centre of the country and constitutes an important hub between the routes in the country. The children victims of trafficking are forced to become carriers, servers, salesmen or domestic servants. Due to the nature of their work and their living conditions, these children are easily drawn into delinquency, theft, drug traffic, prostitution and are subjected to numerous forms of violence.

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APSEF - Association for the Promotion of the Right and the Wellbeing of Children and Families

APSEFLocation : Bamako

Creation : 2006

Local issues : According to the UN, 100 to 140 million women in the word have been victims of female mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), even though illegal in many countries, remains a widespread practice in Africa, particularly in Mali where 85 % of women are subjected to female mutilation. This practice – a terrible infringement of the fundamental rights of young girls and women, violates the absolute right to the dignity of the human body. The eradication of female genital mutilation can only be achieved through the implementation of a real political determination and through a progressive shift in the mentalities.

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The League of Rights and Liberties (LDL)

LDL logoCountry: Cameroun

City: Bafoussam

Creation: 1992

Local issues: The situation of pre-trial detainees is very problematic in Cameroun, as well as in the other countries of Central Africa. Defendants awaiting trial represent more than 60% of the prison population. In Cameroun, there is legislation concerning the legal assistance of impoverished detainees. Legal assistance is compulsory and free of charge for the duration of the criminal trial, and optional in other litigations. Except in criminal litigation, legal assistance for impoverished people is ineffective for the duration of the trial. The latter are unaware of the applicable law and face financial difficulties to deal with the real cost of justice in Cameroun.

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Un Monde Avenir (A World to Come)

Un monde AvenirLocation : Douala

Creation : 2003

Local issues : in the south of Cameroon, migrants expelled from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea or those that did not manage to cross the border to those countries, pile up in deplorable conditions in the city of Kye Ossi. Gabon and Equatorial Guinea attract migrants from West Africa and Central Africa due to their economic dynamism and their wealth in oil and wood. However, both countries have a very strict migration policy and carry out abusive arrests and mass expulsions of migrants, along with inhumane treatment and extortion. The Cameroonian authorities have adopted a wait-and-see policy and the corruption network develops in the road checkpoints. Most of the expelled migrants stay in the small city of Kye Ossi because they have no resources and are far from their country of origin. They live in precarious conditions, with no access to basic hygiene or health services. Poorly looked upon by the population, they are rejected and forced to live hand to mouth.

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AVENIR

AVENIRLocation : Zhytomyr

Creation : 2002

Local issues : In a context of economic difficulties characterized by high inflation and low wages, the perspective of employment abroad appears particularly appealing for Ukrainians, especially youngsters. The networks of human traffickers recruit their victims without difficulty, promising a better future in a foreign country. A study carried out in 2007 by the International Organization of Migration showed that 116 000 Ukrainians were victims of human trafficking. Millions of women are sold to the purpose of sexual exploitation in Western Europe, Turkey or Israel. Men are, increasingly, also victims of economic exploitation and are subjected to quasi-slavery, particularly in Russia or Poland.

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