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Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace)

Kigali, Rwanda
Joined February 2021

Mission: To equip communities and individuals living in Africa's Great Lakes Region with the Human Rights knowledge and Good Governance skills needed to build a global culture of peace

Presence in: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights

Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) is a non profit organization that has been working since 2001 to help communities and individuals in Africa’s Great Lakes Region achieve sustainable peaceful coexistence using human rights and good governance education.
iPeace has independently registered organizations in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda, which closely collaborate to achieve their shared mission.

iPeace works with the grassroots and local leaders to ensure that the following is achieved in the Africa’s Great Lakes Region:

  • Access to justice for poor people
  • Promotion of Human Rights Education
  • Enhancement of good governance
  • Peacebuilding and people reconciliation

Over vision

That Africa’s Great Lakes Region becomes a place where community members and community leaders work together towards peace by holding each other accountable in respecting  Human Rights values and Good Governance principles. 

People Associated With This Organization

Elvis Mbembe Binda

Rwanda  
Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights...
Joined February 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
Dr. Elvis Mbembe Binda was elected President of Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) in August 2011 and is one of the founding members of iPeace.

Before his election as president, Elvis served as iPeace's Deputy Coordinator in charge of Access to Justice and Human Rights Education until 2008. During this time, Elvis was in charge of receiving complaints from vulnerable persons, giving advice and feedback on received matters, discussing with lawyers about judicial assistance to vulnerable individuals, organizing workshops and seminars on detainees rights, and raising awareness of the public on women and children’s rights.

Elvis has significant experience in defending minors in Rwanda who are in conflict with the law. Since 2009, through the activities of Avocats Sans Frontieres - Belgium, Elvis has assisted pro bono many minors and vulnerable persons before Rwanda courts. Elvis has also worked as Deputy Coordinator at Forum d'Echanges pour la Cohesion Sociale (FECS), and as Human Rights Officer with Central Africa Youth Network (CAYN), where he had the main task of raising awareness of the Youth of Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern D.R. Congo regarding their Human Rights as reaffirmed in national and international Human Rights instruments (such as the UN conventions on rights of the child, disabled persons, women, etc.).

Elvis has gained considerable knowledge and skills in Human Rights through participating in prestigious international Human Rights programs such as the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in 2010 organized in Canada by Equitas, and the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) in 2011 organized by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in the New York City.

Elvis has been member of the Rwanda Bar Association and the East African Law Society. Elvis holds a PhD in Law from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and he has been serving as a law lecturer at University of Rwanda's School of Law since 2007.
Elvis Mbembe Binda is the network champion (main point of contact) for Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace).

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