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Rights of the Human (HBM), Maniema

HBM is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Kindu, Maniema province
HBM covers the whole of Maniema province, with particular attention to the territories of Kibombo, Kasongo, Kabambare, Punia, Lubutu, and Kindu.

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights; good governance; media

History

HBM (Hazi za binadamu) traces its roots back to 1990, when it was part of a human rights network known as the Zairian League for Human Rights (Ligue Zairoise de droits de l’homme, or LIZADHO). In 1992, HBM became independent, and in 1994, it was registered with the provincial government. Formed to address government abuses during the late Mobutu period, HBM has since expanded its work to sensitize both government officials and the general population about human rights and the law. HBM has worked with many international donors, including USAID,48 the National Endowment for Democracy, and MONUSCO.

Mission

Create a society in which all people are equal, people are knowledgeable about their rights, and the government protects and respects human rights

Objectives

  • Promote and protect fundamental human rights
  • Fight social inequality and/or discrimination
  • Promote democracy and good governance
  • Monitor government actions toward the population
  • Denounce cases of human rights violations
  • Campaign for freedom of expression

Populations Served

HBM serves the Maniema community as a whole, but with a particular focus on women and children.

Programs

  • Human rights network: HBM initiated and works with a grassroots network known as the Friends of Human Rights. HBM trains this network of local activists on various issues related to human rights, democracy, and good governance.
  • Community library: Since 2003, HBM has operated a community library that currently has more than 1,500 books. The library is open to anyone upon payment of the registration fee of $1 per month.
  • Community radio: HBM operates a radio station, which it uses to promote its own messages about human rights and enable other groups to promote messages that contribute to the improvement of Maniema society.
  • Legal assistance: HBM provides free legal assistance to all victims of human rights violations.
  • Good governance education: HBM sensitizes the community about responsible citizenship and runs public information sessions on peace and reconciliation.
  • Human rights training: HBM trains local officials, local leaders, and the military about human rights and the law.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets every three years. The general assembly selects a board of directors, which meets every six months, guides the management of the organization, and contributes to its strategic development. The executive secretary manages the organization and its staff and reports to the board of directors. In 2010, HBM revised its legal statutes to create a monitoring commission. HBM has ten employees; eight are permanent staff and two are temporary workers.
HBM has a bank account at BCR in Gisenyi, Rwanda and at ProCredit bank in Kinshasa. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, HBM has:
  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: NO, but it copies its manual records into Excel
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Active member and leader of the human rights community in Maniema
  • Good collaboration and networking with international partners
  • Comprehensive coverage of the province, which is notable considering the problems with communication and transportation infrastructure in Maniema

Needs

  • Improve the accounting system, which is still done manually, though using Excel
  • Expand the radio network to the entire province
  • Train staff and grassroots human rights networks on current issues and law

Funders and Budget

In 2010, HBM’s budget was $70,000. For 2011, HBM expects its budget to grow to $75,000. Funders include the National Endowment for Democracy, MONUSCO, and Global Rights.

Accomplishments

 

  • In 2010, conducted more than 40 mobile judicial clinics in Maniema
  • Provided free legal assistance and orientation to more than 550 victims of human rights abuses
  • Initiated a consultation council for groups working in the human rights sector. This cluster meets the last Friday of every month to exchange information and share experiences.
  • Implemented and manages a community library in Kindu town
  • Led the creation of a human rights network, Club of Friends of Human Rights (Club des amis de droit de homme), involving 180 community groups in all seven territories of Maniema

 

Organizational Vision

A Maniema society that is well informed about human rights, recognizes human dignity, and respects human rights

Project Proposals

  • Opposing torture and cruelty: HBM proposes to create a national network of organizations that will lobby the Congolese government to pass a law that officially prohibits torture and treatments that are cruel, inhumane, or degrading. This project will also provide legal assistance to ten victims of such treatment in the judicial jurisdictions of Punia and Kindu. Cost: $17,600
  • Training on human rights: HBM proposes to reinforce the capacities of 120 agents from various security services and civil society organizations by providing them with training about national and international human rights laws and practices. Cost: $15,945
  • Legal assistance for female sexual violence survivors: HBM seeks funding to provide free legal assistance to 15 women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Cost: $15,000

Contact

Raphael Upelele Lokenga, executive secretary, +243.993.391.038, hakizabinad@yahoo.fr

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