BURUNDI: Side-event tomorrow at 9am (CET) at the Human Rights Council Special Session // BURUNDI: Evènement parallèle demain à 9h (CET) à la session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme

Tomorrow a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council will take place to address the crisis which has plagued Burundi since April 2015.

At 9am (CET) there will be side-event with civil society speakers at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, follow the event via the webcast (www.ishr.ch/webcast) and ask your questions via twitter (‪#‎BurundiHRDs‬).


Mr Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Incarcerated Persons (APRODH)
Ms Margaret Barankitse, Maison Shalom
Mr Anschaire Nikoyagize, Ligue ITEKA
Ms Carina Tertsakian, Human Rights Watch

Thursday 17 December – 9.00-10.00 am
Room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva


Demain une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme des Nations unies se déroulera pour se pencher sur la crise qui touche le Burundi depuis Avril 2015.

À 9h (CET) il y aura un évènement parallèle avec des hauts responsables de la société civile burundaise au Palais des Nations à Genève. Vous pouvez suivre l’évènement sur internet (www.ishr.ch/webcast) et poser vos questions via twitter (‪#‎BurundiHRDs‬).


M. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Association our la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues (APRODH)
Mme Margaret Barankitse, Maison Shalom
M. Anschaire Nikoyagize, Ligue ITEKA
Mme Carina Tertsakian, Human Rights Watch

Jeudi 17 décembre – 9h00-10h00
Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Genève



Human Rights Defender of the month: Veronica Almedom

Veronica Almedom is a poster child of successful immigration. A duo Eritrean and Swiss citizen, she was born in Italy, and grew up in Switzerland where she permanently resides. Her parents are some of the earliest victims of Eritrea’s cycles of violence. When Eritrea’s war of independence peaked in the early 1980s, they escaped the country as unaccompanied minors, wandering through Sudan, Saudi Arabia, before making the hazard journey across the Mediterranean into Europe. There, they crossed first to Italy, and finally, to Switzerland, where they settled first as refugees, and later, as permanent residents.