In Niger today, any denunciation that calls upon the responsibility of the regime is systematically labelled as a destabilising act plotted by the opposition. This serves to silence civil society including the unions.
Ali Abdoulaye is the coordinator of V.I.E. Kande Ni Bayra (Volunteers for Educational Integration), a human rights organisation that aims to reduce poverty through integrated education. Among its projects, V.I.E. undertakes activities for children living in poverty and organises 'Listening Clubs' to develop the leadership skills of rural women and young people.