Strengthen Initiatives for Rescuing Kivu defenders
Launched in May 2016 for a period of 24 months, the RISK project is implemented by AEDH together with three Congolese partner organizations:
It aims to strengthen the mechanisms of protection and assistance to defenders of human rights at risk in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (North and South Kivu).
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the provinces of North and South Kivu are facing chronic instability and the first victims are civilians. The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Congolese National Police (PNC) have difficulty in meeting their mandate to protect civilians. The lack of discipline and effective monitoring mechanism within the security forces has fostered a climate of impunity. Accused of abuse against civilians, soldiers and police do not have the capacity to effectively oppose local or foreign armed groups still operating in those provinces.
Civilians face security problems and more or less serious abuses. Killings, rape, arbitrary arrest and detention, harassment, extortion or simple annoyances are common.
In this context, the Congolese Human Rights Defenders (HRD) play an essential role in reporting human rights violations, engaging with victims and fighting against impunity. Because of their activities, advocates and the overall civil society are facing threats and intimidation: kidnappings, arbitrary detention, judicial or disciplinary harassment.
The project objectives
The project's main goal is to guarantee the security of HRD of North and South Kivu provinces exposed to threats and / or violence because of their activities. It intends to have a long term impact on the practices of HRD by allowing them to continue their work in favor of the defense of rights, the promotion of fundamental freedoms and the establishment of a genuine rule of law in DRC.
Through the RISK project, AEDH and its three Congolese partners wish to:
- Establish an effective system to respond to alerts issued by the threatened HRD;
- Assist in emergency HRDs at risk and provide a medium-term individual support;
- Promote the exchange of experiences and collaboration between local organizations mobilized for the protection of HRDs.