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LISVDHE—League of Voluntary Sacrifice for Human Rights and the Environment (LISVDHE), North Kivu

LISVDHE is a registered NGO with the provincial government.

Location

Rubare, North Kivu province
LISVDHE concentrates its actions in Rutshuru territory but has also worked in Masisi, Nyiragongo, Mweso, Kitshanga, Kibumba, and Katsiru.

Sectors of Intervention

Human rights; good governance

History

LISVDHE (Ligue de sacrifice volontaire pour les droits de l’homme et l’environnement) was created in 2002, when the RCD rebel group governed North Kivu. This period was characterized by numerous human rights violations, killings, and looting in the community. LISVDHE played a key role in denouncing cases of human rights violations and naming the subjects behind the numerous violations. LISVDHE also openly advocated freedom of expression and promoted democracy, with the goal of improving governance in North Kivu. Despite being threatened and closely monitored by the local authorities, LISVDHE managed to continue its work. LISVDHE has worked with several international partners, including the American Bar Association, MONUSCO, UNDP, and Amnesty International.

Mission

Promote and protect fundamental human rights in North Kivu

Objectives

  • Prevent human rights violations in the province
  • Facilitate, help, and encourage people to advocate for their rights
  • Strengthen good governance and create an active civil society
  • Act as a voice for the most vulnerable victims of human rights violations

Populations Served

General population

Programs

  • Dissemination of legal texts: LISVDHE disseminates legal texts about human rights and national laws to ensure people understand their rights and responsibilities. It also provides information via pamphlets, radio programs, and community events.
  • Visits to detention houses: LISVDHE organizes regular visits to detention houses, prisons, and jails to evaluate the buildings, hygiene, and detainees’ health, and to promote respect for detainees’ human rights and dignity.
  • Community protection and sensitization: LISVDHE ensures the protection of the Rubare population concentrated along the main road. In person and through radio broadcasts, it sensitizes them about how to avoid and prevent road accidents, and about construction codes.
  • Legal assistance: LISVDHE provides free legal assistance at the courts and tribunals to people who are illegally detained.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which is made up of 127 members and meets every three years. The general assembly selects a board of directors, which has four members, meets every three 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 the directors. LISVDHE has six employees.

LISVDHE has a bank account at Crane Bank in Kampala, Uganda, and at the cooperative bank MECREGO in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, LISVDHE has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: NO
  • A computerized accounting system: NO
  • 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

  • Competent and qualified personnel
  • Very dynamic lawyers among its members
  • In good contact with funders and other local partners
  • Community participation in the project cycle

Needs

  • Capacity building in project cycle management
  • Better office equipment to improve office operations
  • Financial support for programs
  • A bigger office and means of transport

Funders and Budget

For 2011, LISVDHE has a budget of $50,000. Funders include KIOS, UNICEF, and UNDP.

Accomplishments

  • Disseminated international and national legal texts to communities and local authorities
  • Conceived and produced a film, Tatizo la urithi (“The Challenge of Inheritance”), to educate people about laws on inheritance of property
  • Established and assisted 20 human rights cabinets in Rutshuru territory
  • Provided legal assistance to 96 people whose human rights had been violated
  • Freed 500 detainees who were arrested arbitrarily

Organizational Vision

Empower the people of Rutshuru territory and North Kivu province to claim and defend their rights

Project Proposals

  • Peaceful cohabitation between communities and displaced or returnee populations: LISVDHE aims to promote peaceful cohabitation between communities through the organization of a four-day conference focusing on conflict identification, management, and resolution. LISVDHE will follow up the conference with weekly radio transmissions about mediation and dissemination of the conference materials. Cost: $19,955
  • Institutional capacity building: This project aims to bring together all 20 representatives of LISVDHE and offer an accelerated course in human rights and the judicial system within which they are navigating. LISVDHVE also aims to improve staff ’s data collection management. Cost: $44,065
  • Judicial accompaniment for survivors of sexual violence: This project aims to improve the human rights situation of the Grand Nord population by helping people who have experienced sexual violence to navigate the court system and by implementing a system for monitoring abuses in the region. Cost: $37,786

Contact

Mathieu Mufanzala, coordinator, +243.994.068.726, and Anicet Katsuva, +243.997.094.203, lisvdhe@yahoo.fr

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