Who will win this year’s Human Rights Tulip? There are ten nominees for the prestigious award and they are all heroes who deserve our support. But one of them, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, has a special place in our heart. You can still vote until September 7th. Please do!
Pierre Claver Mbonimpa has a long track record when it comes to the defense of human rights. In 2001 he founded APRODH, the Association for the protection of Human Rights and detained Persons, assisting not only prisoners but also victims of sexual abuse and gender based violence. He endured arrests, detentions and even a murder attempt on his life.
Pierre Claver Mbonimpa’s struggle for human rights goes back a long time and he almost payed for it with his life.
One of our partners in Burundi
Cordaid worked with him and his organization in 2014-2015 in several provinces in Burundi. Our efforts were aimed at preventing and diminishing sexual and gender based violence and giving psycho-social, medical and juridical assistance to victims of these brutal forms of violence.
Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (photo: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Gender based violence touches the core of society
One of our partners in Burundi : “Pierre Claver Mbonimpa’s struggle for human rights goes back a long time and he almost payed for it with his life. He and his organization look at sexual and gender based violence not only as something that destroys the lives of thousands of individuals and their families, but also as a major public health problem and something that touches the core of society as a whole. His integrated approach, combining healthcare, psychological, psycho-social, juridical and community care, does justice to the complexity of the problem of gender based violence. It is an approach that takes a lot of time, patience and effort, but it works. That’s why we worked with him. For us, this brave man deserves the Human Rights Tulip.”
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More about the work we did with APRODH.