Aïcha Fall: What it’s like to be a woman – and a slave – in Mauritania

 Aicha Fall

Last July we had the pleasure of welcoming Aïcha Fall, representative of the Mauritanian organisation SOS-Esclaves, to our offices in France. Aïcha coordinated her organisation’s activities within the FAM programme (Former et Agir en Mauritanie pour les droits des femmes)*, a programme headed up by AEDH between 2010 et 2012 with support from the European Union and CCFD-Terre Solidaire.

In Mauritania, traditional forms of slavery are still widely used, and affect women in particular. Aïcha Fall paints us a picture of the current practices in the country, where numerous different communities live together.

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Willy LOYOMBO ESIMOLA: Defending the rights of forest peoples in DRC

Willy Loyombo Esimola

Willy Loyombo Esimola, Director of OSAPY (Organisation d’Accompagnement et d’Appui aux Pygmées) in DRC, came to visit us in Lyon. AEDH has been supporting OSAPY’s activities since 2005. It also enjoys support from a programme put in place by a consortium of European NGOs – AEDH included – aimed to support local initiatives that promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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Diana CASTILLO - New challenges in Colombia

 Diana Castillo

The partnership we have with the Colombian organisation FEDES (Fundación Educación y Desarrollo) goes way back: we began providing them with financial help nearly twenty years ago! Recently, we have had the pleasure of welcoming Diana Castillo, Director of FEDES, to Lyon. She shared her views with us on current human rights issues in Colombia.

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John EDMUNDSON: a new President for Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l’Homme


Since October 2012, John Edmundson has replaced André Barthélemy as head of our organization.

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