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Association Jeunesse pour la Paix et la Non-Violence (AJPNV) was created in 2000 with the main mission to use youth to promote peace, non-violence, human rights, and democracy in Chad.

It provides free psychological rehabilitation and legal services to 200 – 500 victims of torture annually.




AJPNV Advocating for Human Rights in Geneva: In Chad, Peaceful Protests are Met With Police Brutality.

In November 2023, Nodjigoto Charbonnel, founder and Director of AJPNV, travelled to Geneva to participate in the review of Chad’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council, known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Read the recommendations AJPNV and IRCT were making to diplomats:

“Torture is increasing in Chad every day, but it is a country forgotten by the international community.”

Nodjigoto Charbonnel, Executive Director of AJPNV, Chad

Poor and arid, but rich in oil and gold, the vast central African nation of Chad has been plagued by civil wars and military coups since independence from France in 1960. In late October 2022, human rights groups reported security forces loyal to military coup leader General Mahamat Deby killed and tortured protesters demanding a return to civilian rule.

Amid a violent crackdown on dissent, AJPNV is one of a handful of civil society organisations working to promote human rights in Chad. Charbonnel, whose own father was tortured by former military dictator Hissene Habre and who has been to prison himself three times for his human rights work, believes youth hold the key to a brighter future for Chad.

“The mission of our organisation is to use youth for building peace, because the politicians in charge are using youth to fight, they are using youth to destroy, they are using youth to kill, as child soldiers. And we at the AJPNV, we think that we can use youth to promote peace, to promote democracy, to promote human rights and to promote nonviolence.”

Nodjigoto Charbonnel, Executive Director of AJPNV, Chad

The courage of Charbonnel and his staff at AJPNV was recognised in 2022 by winning Norway’s prestigious Rafto Prize.

The prize honours human rights defenders who deserve the world’s attention.

“For us it’s another source of energy and we will continue the fight against torture.”

Follow Charbonnel on Twitter @NodjigotoC and read about the Rafto Prize here.