Elections in the East and Horn of Africa have repeatedly come at a high cost for civil society and the media, who often act as bellwethers for crises to come. At the UN Human Rights Council, Executive Director Hassan Shire calls attention to the limitations faced by civil society ahead of the August 2017 elections in Kenya.
While the Burundi people live in fear, their government refuses to take meaningful steps to address the deep and protracted human rights crisis that has engulfed the country. DefendDefenders calls upon the UN Human Rights Council to remind Burundi of its obligation as a Member State and establish responsibility for crimes committed since April 2015.
With no indication that the Eritrean government is willing to take steps to improve its human rights record or address past and ongoing violations, DefendDefenders calls for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea.
Although the Internet has become a powerful tool for human rights defenders, they are also increasingly confronted with government imposed restrictions. In an Oral Intervention, DefendDefenders highlights worrying trends affecting freedom of expression online in Tanzania and Uganda.
DefendDefenders raises challenges facing human rights organisations and campaigns at an institutional level in the East and Horn of Africa at the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights.