Aloys Habimana

Legal Advisor-Africa
Washington, D.C. (ICNL Headquarters)

Aloys Habimana is a human rights lawyer from Rwanda who recently joined the Africa team at ICNL.  As a legal advisor, he will provide technical support and contribute to the implementation of projects aimed at expanding civic space in sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with local civil society actors and government officials.

For over two decades before joining ICNL, Habimana was involved in field work in various countries in Africa, first coordinating justice-related projects in post-genocide Rwanda on behalf of key local human rights organizations; and then later serving as Africa Deputy Director for Human Rights Watch. He also worked for the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Front Line Defenders) for over 6 years managing its protection program in Sub-Saharan Africa. In his advocacy work, Habimana placed a premium on regular interactions with grassroots civil society actors as well as on the building of strategic partnerships with regional African institutions, such as the African Union and its organs.

Habimana holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He also earned a Master’s degree in Legal Institutions (MLI) from the same university.

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