Promoting Peace in South and North Kivu
After decades of war in the DR Congo, the organisation perceived that ‘peace’ and ‘human rights’ were empty words to most people in North and South Kivu. In response, the PHRC run a series of initiatives aimed at restoring hope for a future free from violence and injustice.
Centre members identify local conflicts and raise awareness about them by starting discussions with community members and documenting them. Members gather together the community to discuss the conflict and attempt to resolve it. If this is successful, celebrations are held to mark the end of the conflict.
Training is provided for local leaders and government officers in peace and human rights. The centre has produced an 8-page bulletin called ‘Let’s Defend Our Rights’, and distributed around 1,000 copies throughout the community and private sectors. Centre members are also involved in lobbing UN agencies to support victims and promote the rule of law.