Inaugural HRAP Memorial Lecture

Thursday, February 15 12:10-1:10 pm
Lecture by Bukeni Waruzi, Executive Director of Free the Slaves
Raoul Kitungano was the Coordinator of Justice Pour Tous (Justice For All), an NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo that advocates for the political, economic, cultural, and environmental rights of local communities impacted by mining corporations and other extractive enterprises. Raoul published several research papers on the relationship between mining, armed conflict, and human rights abuses in the DRC, as well as on electoral monitoring, mining code reform, and community land protection. He was dedicated to continuing to monitor the impact of rural development and poverty reduction projects in the DRC, as well as advocating for the social, cultural, and economic rights of local communities. He attended the 2016 Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. After a brief illness, he died on September 15, 2022. 
Bukeni Waruzi is an expert on children affected by armed conflict, modern slavery, human rights and international criminal justice. He is the Executive Director of Free the Slaves, a global organization working to combat human trafficking, forced labor, modern slavery and child labor around the world. He previously served as Executive Director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, where he advanced the Children and Armed Conflict agenda at the Security Council. He founded and served as the Executive Director of AJEDI-Ka/Child Soldiers Project, a Congolese organization that protects children affected by armed conflict. As director for Africa and the Middle East at WITNESS for a decade, he trained human rights advocates on video advocacy and evidence of human rights abuses and how to use the evidence to advocate for justice. He was instrumental in the conviction of a Congolese warlord by the International Criminal Court for the recruitment and use of child soldiers in armed conflict in the DRC.