Avenue Muyinga, N° 30, City Quartier INSS, 6877 Bujumbura, Burundi
Jean Claude Barakamfitiye – Country Manager and International Fellow
Jean Claude is a student at the University of Burundi where he will soon graduate from a Bachelor in Law. During his fourth year at the University of Burundi, he wrote a paper on the Concrete implementation of the rights of the child in Burundi – with a particular focus on the rights of juvenile offenders – for which he got awarded the Janusz KORCZAK Prize (Switzerland). His sharp interest in Human Rights dates back to the time he was a Junior Deputy at the World Parliament for Children in Paris. As a leader of the UNESCO Club at his secondary school, he contributed to teaching on the main Human Rights international conventions. His internship at IBJ provides him the opportunity to work for detainees in general with a special emphasis on juvenile criminal cases.
Janvier Ncamatwi – Legal Fellow
Father of four children, Janvier Ncamatwi holds a Master in Human Rights and Pacific Conflict Resolution. He has been a lawyer at the Burundi Bar Association since 2004. Prior to joining the Bar, Janvier Ncamatwi worked in the Burundian army, first as a major in the military and then as a military court judge. He has thus a thorough understanding of the Burundian criminal justice system, including the civil and military jurisdictions. Passionate about human rights, Janvier cooperates with several other NGOs, including ASF, Ligue Iteka and the Christian Association Against Torture (ACAT). In 2006, he spontaneously assisted twenty juvenile detainees of Muyinga prison with the result that all of them were either released or convicted to lower sentences.
Aline Nijimbere – Legal Fellow
Married with three children, Aline Nijimbere is a lawyer. She has joined the Burundi Bar Association in June 2000. During her ten years experience as a legal practitioner, she has defended many indigent arrestees, especially individuals involved in civil war crimes for organizations such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Burundi, Lawyers without Borders and local human rights organizations like APRODH and Ligue Iteka. Strong of her passion for the promotion of women and children’s rights, she has taken many cases of vulnerable women and juvenile detainees and members of ethnic minorities for the High Commissioner for Refugees via a local association, the Burundian Lawyer Women”s Association of which she is an active member. Aline holds a Master degree in Human Rights and Pacific Resolution of Conflicts. She has conducted research and trainings on women and children’s rights.
Astère Muyango – Senior Advisor
Astère brings more than 5 years of experience in legal clinical aid and project management to IBJ. His most formative experience was as Assistant Coordinator of the Clinical Legal Aid Project of the International South-African based non-governmental organization ACCORD (African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes), where he delivered capacity-building to grassroots organizations, provided legal counsel to indigents and managed partnerships with other relevant legal aid providers in the country. Astère now provides the on-the-ground leadership to IBJ’s Burundi program. He contributes to refine the program’s strategic goals, coordinates the main activities of the program and cements strong working relationships with the local partners. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the Law University of Burundi.
Blandine Niyongere – Finance and Administrative Officer