Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is a Burundian human rights activist known for his work against torture and defending the rights of prisoners. He served as a police officer in Burundi until December 1994, when he was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison on false accusations. After suffering torture and inhumane treatment during his imprisonment, Mbonimpa founded the Burundian Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH) upon his release. APRODH monitors human rights violations, with an emphasis on torture. The organization also campaigns on behalf of prisoners awaiting trial in the jails of Burundi, which are overcrowded by as much as 300%, and provides legal aid and assistance to victims of rights abuses. Despite receiving death threats for his work, Mbonimpa personally visits Burundian prisons to document cases of torture first-hand. He is the recipient of the 2007 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.