Christian Rumu

Christian Rumu

Christian Rumu, a Burundian national resident in Kenya, is a queer-identifying human rights activist with a background in community building, advocacy and human rights, including for sexual and gender minorities persons, and currently works on campaigns and advocacy to advance human rights in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, as Great Lakes Campaigner for Amnesty International. He has been in the role since 2015. Previously, he was an Assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia (2014-2015) where he provided administrative support and drafted appeals to governments, media outputs and supported research on human rights violations against human rights defenders across Africa. Christian has since 2012 been a Board member of MOLI—a national sexual and gender minorities human rights research and advocacy organisation in Burundi. Immediately before that he was MOLI’s Executive Director (2010-2012). In this role he developed programmes to document human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGI/E), managed two regional initiatives for emergency support to sexual and gender minorities activists at risk, and collaborated in production of an alternative report on human rights based on SOGI/E to ACHPR. Previous to MOLI, he was also President of HUMURE—a national sexual and gender minorities health programming and advocacy in Burundi. In his role he led a dynamic initiative to repeal the 2008 anti-gay bill in Burundi. Christian is a graduate of Petit Seminaire de Mugeri in DRC, and has a CELOP Certificate from Boston University, and has earned credits in History and Government at the Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, United States, and credits in Communication Science at Universite Lumiere de Bujumbura. Christian is fluent in English, French, Swahili and Kirundi.