National Program Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Francois is in charge of human rights promotion and protection and monitoring thematic issues including: human rights and natural resources, economic, social and cultural rights, Truth and Reconciliation Commission establishment, and human rights-based approaches within the UN system within Upper Guinea and Forest Guinea.
Between graduation in 2011 and his new post which began in February, 2012, Francois worked as transitional justice consultant for ‘Les Mêmes Droits pour Tous, a Guinea Human Rights NGO that defends, protects, and promotes the rights of vulnerable grassroots communities – to design a comprehensive framework for a holistic transitional justice approach to be implemented during Guinea’s forthcoming national reconciliation process. He also worked as consultant for OSIWA (Open Society Initiatives for West Africa) to assist and train Guinea civil society organizations on transitional justice mechanisms, pertaining to the reconciliation process in Guinea.
Francois enjoys his new job, and sees it as another dimension of building peace. He believes that when fundamental human rights of people are met, in a fair and inclusive governance, within a system enforcing the rule of law, the path to conflicts are narrowed.