Human rights activist Tindyebwa Agaba delivers masterclass

27 February 2014

Human rights activist Tindyebwa Agaba delivers masterclass

Tindyebwa ‘Tindy’ Agaba

Human rights activist Tindyebwa ‘Tindy’ Agaba delivered a masterclass at GCU based on his experiences in academia and how it prepared him for the humanitarian and legal work he now carries out.

The 27-year-old graduated from Exeter University with a BA in Politics and International Relations. He went on to study for an MA in Human Rights Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies and has recently completed a Human Rights Law Fellowship in Iran.

The masterclass was attended by students, staff and members of the public.

Entitled Learning at the sharp edge, the lecture focused on Tindy’s life after arriving in the UK, his university education and the legal and humanitarian work he is now involved in. He hopes to enter politics and is committed to making a difference to poorer areas of society, immigration, and sharing his passion and enthusiasm with young people.

Tindy also took part in a lively question and answer session about his early years in Rwanda and his political ambitions.

His legal and social entrepreneur work includes setting up projects working with ex-combatants in Monrovia (Liberia) and asylum seekers in Cairo. Tindy has worked with refugees in collaboration with the University of Birzeit in Palestine, and as a consultant for ActionAid with a youth-led initiative in Myanmar. He believes that conflict-affected youth can lead more fulfilling lives if they are given opportunities in their local communities. 

Tindy’s father died when he was nine years old and his mother and sisters are presumed by the International Red Cross to have been killed during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Tindy was kidnapped at 13 years and forced to fight as a child soldier before a charity, Care International, helped him escape to the UK, where he met and was later adopted by actress Emma Thompson.

In 2011, Tindy travelled to Liberia with his adoptive mother in her role as ActionAid ambassador. There they helped to raise awareness for women's rights in a country with one of the highest rates of violence towards women in the world. 

The following year, he established the charity Muryango, which is a Rwandan word meaning family. It provides legal aid for African asylum-seekers and refugees, helps prepare them for job interviews and provides financial guidance.