Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 September 2010

Lucie Nizigama: A great loss for the African human rights community





Lucie Nizigama: A great loss for the African human rights community



MONTREAL, Canada, September 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — It is with profound sadness that Rights & Democracy has learned of the death of Lucie Nizigama, a Burundian human rights advocate renowned for her work on the rights of women and children. Lucie succumbed to an illness.

Rights & Democracy offers its condolences to Lucie’s family and relatives, and the entire human rights community. Lucie is one of the authors of the Nairobi Declaration on the rights of women and girls to a Remedy and Reparation, an initiative launched by Rights & Democracy and the Coalition for Women’s Human Rights in Conflict Situations. Lucie also conducted various studies on rape and the condition of women in Burundi that led to a national campaign against sexual violence in the country.

Lucie Nizigama was a member of the Burundi Association of Women Jurists where she worked as a Legal Assistant. She served as a judge in the High Court for 10 years and was an advocate for two years. She was the Secretary General of the Burundi Association working to end the death penalty and torture.

It was a privilege for us to work with Lucie. Her death will leave a huge void among women’s rights defenders in Africa.



Rights & Democracy


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