Research on Human Rights
Researching the possibility to support the LGBTQI youth in Burundi through creative exchange.
In 2009 homosexuality was criminalised in Burundi. Since then the violation of article 567 of the Penal Code can lead to a sentence of two years in prison. In addition, since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his controversial third term in April 2015, Burundi has plunged into a spiral of political violence and widespread human rights abuses.
In 2009 in Burundi criminalised homosexuality, making it an offence punishable by a sentence of two years in prison. This resulted in arbitrary arrests, gender-based violence and subjective government policies. The focus of Burundi’s government lies on economic development and diversification. Human Rights are extraneous to their concerns. Irwin, a Human Rights Defender from Burundi, needs to find a way to support the community and give them the possibility to improve their situation.
Bernhard and Irwin believe that Burundi has an untapped economic potential that can support the community in the short term, and improve human rights in the long term. For this it needs an economy that is resilient to the external shocks and corruption in the agricultural sector and contributes to empowering the youth, which currently represents 60% of Burundi’s population. Bernhard and Irwin recognise the creative industries as an alternative source of employment opportunities for the youth. They will develop a network of creatives between the Burundian and the international community.
A creative trade agreement, including the ideals of human rights, enabling creatives to share their expertise and grow individually. By this, they enable production of smart solutions and give a safe space for innovative ideas. This safe space will give a home to the creatives of Burundi to use their ideas to build towards an inclusive society and economy.
The whole research was published through Foundation We Are in the 'We Are Human Rights Publication'.