Gisèle NGUNGUA SANGUA, D. R. OF CONGO
“The domain of human rights is to me an influent and appropriate domain, open to anyone who cares for justice to give a voice to the voiceless. This space gives hope to those who do not believe in justice.”
Ms. Gisèle Sangua has a degree from the University of Lubumbashi in private and judicial law. She is a lawyer at the Lubumbashi Bar Association and the International Criminal Court. She founded an organisation named “Action large des Femmes Avocates” that provides legal assistance to victims of violence and detained women, and takes part in the promotion of the rights for women, leading several awareness activities on the basic principles of the rights of women and girls.
The challenge: The major problem identified by Gisèle is that of prison overcrowding, stemming from bad coordination between the different actors in the criminal justice sector. Her project is based on the principles of access to justice, the right to a fair trial and the right to competent legal representation. Furthermore, it is equally based on the principle of the right to have access to an effective remedy in a court of law and the right to be heard fairly, publicly and in a reasonable period of time in an independent and impartial court.
Project: Access to Justice for All
Gisèle’s project “Access to Justice for All” seeks to empower justice actors to take full responsibility to act for the overall improvement of justice and to streamline the handling of legal cases without unreasonable delay. As such, Gisele will provide legal assistance to 200 detainees in Kassapa prison in Lubumbashi, one of the most overcrowded prison of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Furthermore, she will provide training to local defense lawyers to provide legal representation and monitor conditions of detainees. Ultimately, the long-term objective is to “unblock” the prison facilities to ensure the proper functioning of justice.