Dr. Elvis Mbembe Binda was elected President of Initiatives for Peace and Human Rights (iPeace) in August 2011 and is one of the founding members of iPeace.
Before his election as president, Elvis served as iPeace's Deputy Coordinator in charge of Access to Justice and Human Rights Education until 2008. During this time, Elvis was in charge of receiving complaints from vulnerable persons, giving advice and feedback on received matters, discussing with lawyers about judicial assistance to vulnerable individuals, organizing workshops and seminars on detainees rights, and raising awareness of the public on women and children’s rights.
Elvis has significant experience in defending minors in Rwanda who are in conflict with the law. Since 2009, through the activities of Avocats Sans Frontieres - Belgium, Elvis has assisted pro bono many minors and vulnerable persons before Rwanda courts. Elvis has also worked as Deputy Coordinator at Forum d'Echanges pour la Cohesion Sociale (FECS), and as Human Rights Officer with Central Africa Youth Network (CAYN), where he had the main task of raising awareness of the Youth of Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern D.R. Congo regarding their Human Rights as reaffirmed in national and international Human Rights instruments (such as the UN conventions on rights of the child, disabled persons, women, etc.).
Elvis has gained considerable knowledge and skills in Human Rights through participating in prestigious international Human Rights programs such as the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in 2010 organized in Canada by Equitas, and the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) in 2011 organized by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University in the New York City.
Elvis has been member of the Rwanda Bar Association and the East African Law Society. Elvis holds a PhD in Law from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and he has been serving as a law lecturer at University of Rwanda's School of Law since 2007.