ITEKA: Ligue Burundaise des Droits de l’Homme
Avenue des Euphorbes No. 4, BP 177 Bujumbura-Burundi
Tel: + 25 72 22 28 636 OR +25 72 22 20 004
Ligue ITEKA was formed in 1991 and was the first human rights organisation to be allowed to operate openly in Burundi. It embraces three key pillars of its work: defense of human rights through monitoring and denunciation of human rights violations, promotion of human rights through education in order to empower individuals to defend their rights, and to place rights issues in the broader political context and to advocate for new laws and strategies to address emerging issues.
Ligue ITEKA has sections operating in all of Burundi’s provinces. It conducts monitoring throughout the country through a network of observers. In addition, it offers direct legal assistance in cases of disappearances, arbitrary detention and other legal proceedings. Ligue ITEKA is also a member of a number of international networks including the African NGO Refugee Protection Network, the Ligue des Droits de la Personne de la région des Grands Lacs (LDGL), the Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), and the Union Interafricaine des Droits de l’Homme (UIDH).
The situation of returnees and internally displaced persons is one major focus of Ligue ITEKA. Recognizing that these populations are particularly vulnerable to human rights violations, the organisation makes a particular effort to include them in programming. In addition, Ligue ITEKA runs a project on monitoring repatriation and reintegration of returnees and the displaced. The project seeks to ensure that return occurs in conditions of security and dignity and that the return was durable. Ligue ITEKA offers legal services and advocates for policies that protect the rights of the displaced and returnees and promotes reintegration.
Phone: +257 79 46 77 27 (Theo, Programme Manager)
Rema Ministries is a Burundian NGO working on forced displacement since 1996. Rema’s activities focus on the long term reintegration of forced migrants and returnees in Burundi and in the sub-region. Rema’s strategy is to empower forced migrants and returnees associations so as to participate in the initiatives to solve their problems through constructive dialogue and advocacy. Rema partners together with government institutions and national and regional civil society organizations. Rema Ministries are committed to be a part of the Post-Deportation Monitoring Network, and to monitor deportation to Burundi and to meet deportees at airport arrivals. Rema will also pick up arrivals and take them to where they need to go, they are unable to provide accommodation for arrivals.