RCN Justice & Démocratie

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RCN Justice & Démocratie

Created in the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, RCN Justice & Democracy (RCN J&D) is a Belgian non-profit organization, that contributes to the (r)establishment of the Rule of Law in countries in transition and  developing countries since 1994, mostly in Africa.

RCN J&D’s vision is as that “there can be no society without justice.” To serve society and people, justice must adapt itself to social, economic and cultural realities, allow for dialogue and maintenance of social ties, be accessible by everyone, establish positive norms and practices that guarantee freedom and equality before the law, fight against impunity for the most serious crimes, and respect the principles of the rule of law.

RCN J&D’s mission is to promote and support:

  • The (re)establishment of the Rule of Law and respect of Human Rights to achieve sustainable development (Proximity Justice) ;
  • Dealing with the past to prevent new conflicts and to consolidate sustainable peace (Transitional Justice);
  • Democratic practices in developing countries and in societies in transition and the education of the European public on conflict prevention.

Based on the principle that all human beings have the right to justice as a vehicle for sustainable development and peace, RCN J&D has over the course of 20 years carried out a wide variety of activities in the field of justice addressed at both institutional and civil society actors. Since its establishment, RCN Justice & Democracy intervened in Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Haiti, Chad, South Sudan, Senegal and Europe.

Country(-ies) of operation/intervention in Central Africa: 
Burundi, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda
Thematic areas of focus : 
Peace & Security, Land rights, Women’s participation in justice, Sexual and Gender-based violence, Capacity building of justice actors, Awareness raising & Outreach, Access of children to their rights and to justice, Alternative conflict resolution mechanisms, Fight against impunity & reconciliation, Fight against exclusion and discrimination, Fight against corruption, Human rights