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20 March 2020

Communiqué de presse : Appel à la sécurité sanitaire et aux droits des travailleuses et travailleurs des industries à forte intensité de main d’œuvre face à la pandémie COVID-19

Au vu des circonstances exceptionnelles qui touchent l’ensemble de la planète, dues à la menace grave et imminente que représente la « pandémie COVID19 » pour la santé et la vie humaines, et sur la base des diverses mesures de prévention prônées par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et adoptées par de nombreux pays pour en endiguer la propagation (procédures visant à réduire les contacts humains, mesures de mise en quarantaine ou de confinement, etc),.. Le Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES) et Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) expriment leurs profondes préoccupations quant au maintien de l’activité dans les industries à forte intensité de main-d’œuvre, notamment le secteur du textile.

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8 March 2020

Partners’ Profiles 3/4 : Annie Masengo

Annie Masengo speaks to us about her struggles within the Congolese League against Corruption (LICOCO). She tells us about the observations that led her to engage in the fight against corruption, an endemic phenomenon in the natural resource sector, and of the importance of all community members, regardless of gender, being able to make their voices heard.

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5 March 2020

Joint statement on the situation of refugees in Greece

The signatories strongly condemn all violation of human rights of those seeking asylum in the European Union. On no account does the protection of the EU’s external borders exempt EU Member States from their obligations under European law. None of the current Greek practices of suspending registration of asylum applications, pushing back refugees arriving from Turkey, deporting refugees back to their countries of origin or countries of transit where they will face continued persecution or containing refugees in overcrowded camps without access to basic needs and access to law, are compatible with international and European laws on human rights.

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19 February 2020

Partners’ Profiles 2/4 : Ghislain Lukambo

Avocats Sans Frontières, active in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2002, would not be able to act without its partners. It is for this reason that, today, we wanted to give voice to them. These men and women told us about their everyday life, their realities and their convictions. Through a series of profiles, meet these figures who represent the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace in Boma, the Congolese League against Corruption and the Network of Observers.
Today, Ghislain Lukambo speaks to us about his actions within the Congolese League against Corruption (LICOCO). He tells us about the reasons that led him to engage in the fight against corruption, an endemic phenomenon in the natural resource sector, and of the importance for all community members, regardless of gender, to be able to make their voices heard.

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2 February 2020

Partners’ profiles 1/4 : Marceline Nzati

Avocats Sans Frontières, active in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2002, would not be able to act without its partners. It is for this reason that, today, we wanted to give voice to them. These men and women told us about their everyday life, their realities and their convictions. Speaking today is Marceline Nzati, a sister at the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace in Boma (DCJP). She told us about herself, and about the importance for local populations to regain control over the management of natural resources and of the role that women can play in reclaiming these questions.

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6 January 2020

Detained for 10 years for no reason

Makala, which means “coal” in Lingala, is the central prison of Kinshasa. It is also one of Africa’s main penitentiaries: there are around 8,500 inmates in a complex of pavilions and brick and metal shacks, initially designed to accommodate 1,500 people. It is a small town, an ecosystem, where all can be valued, exchanged, and negotiated down to the floor space to sleep on. Some cells of 100 m2 house 200 inmates, many of whom sleep on the floor. They are underfed and have serious problems of malnutrition. The beatings and the ill-treatments can sometimes lead to death. The extreme overcrowding and the insecurity inevitably create conflicts which will only be handled with violence.

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10 December 2019

Joint Statement: Case submission to the French NPC to establish transparency on the Perenco Group’s activities in Tunisia

ASF and I Watch are united in promoting the principles of respect and protection of human rights in the context of the business industry. In this context, on the 26 July 2018, we brought the activities of the Perenco Group in the governorate of Kebili in Tunisia, and their compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, to the attention of the French National Contact Point (NCP) of the OECD.

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14 October 2019

The long walk: Uganda adopts a Transitional Justice Policy

On 17th June 2019, after a decade-long formulation and adoption process, the Government of Uganda finally announced the passing of the National Transitional Justice Policy (NTJP) and officially released it in September. The passing of the Policy is partly fulfilling the Government’s commitments on accountability and reconciliation that it made during the Juba Peace process, which started in 2006, as well as its constitutional obligations.

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16 September 2019

Policy Brief : Reflexions on victim’s participation before the International Crimes Division in Uganda

Victim participation is a central element in achieving justice and reconciliation in Uganda. The practice is allowed by the International Crimes Division (ICD) but efforts still have to be made by courts and the legislator to actualize its full use in court proceedings. This policy brief offers an analysis as well as a few recommandations regarding the situation of victim participation in Uganda. 

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29 July 2019

Keys for access to justice in the Central African Republic

Access to justice is a serious problem in the Central African Republic. That is the key finding in a study Avocats sans Frontières has just published. Analysis of the situation on the ground has revealed difficulties in access to lawyers and to a state justice system of adequate quality. Those are the reasons why citizens avoid the formal state system, and instead, turn to local chiefs, religious leaders, non governmental organisations and others. ASF recommends that development agencies draft and implement robust strategies to achieve sustainable improvements. And for them to be successful, these strategies must include all the actors involved, both formal and informal.

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