Photo of Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, 2016 Recipient of the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism
© 2014 Teddy Mazina

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa has shown tireless dedication to the human rights cause as one of Burundi’s most prominent human rights activists and founder of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH). A former police officer, Mbonimpa founded APRODH in 2001, after spending two years in prison in the mid-1990s on trumped-up charges of possessing an illegal weapon. He has made countless appeals and personal interventions on behalf of people who have been wrongly imprisoned, and was himself imprisoned again in 2014, after speaking out against various abuses. Mbonimpa leads APRODH’s documentation and advocacy on a wide range of abuses, including attacks on human rights defenders, opposition party members, and journalists; political killings; enforced disappearances; unlawful detention; and torture. [see also:]

Mbonimpa is the Laureate of the Martin Ennals Award 2007 and the African Human Rights Defenders award 2015.