Press Releases & Statements

DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) was honoured to accept the Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award at Refugee International’s Annual Gala in Washington D.C. this Tuesday. The award, which is presented to leading humanitarian organisations and individuals who enhance life-saving assistance...

The Open Observatory of Network Interference, with support of DefendDefenders as a project partner, is releasing “Ooniprobe – Measure Internet Censorship & Performance”, a new, easy-to-use mobile app that will allow almost anyone to track and collect network censorship data.

On 8 June 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. The Commission found that “Crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, persecution, rape, murder...

As the 31st session of the UN HRC comes to an end, our eyes turn to Geneva and the member states of the Council, awaiting a strong resolution establishing such a mechanism. Yesterday, we spoke to a journalist and human rights defender who was forced to flee South Sudan after his life was threatened by government security forces. His story shows once again the dire need for strong action by the Council.

Today, on 8 March, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Women are some of the bravest human rights defenders the DefendDefenders supports: they not only engage in the dangerous work of promoting human rights, but also do so in a context that is...

DefendDefenders will host a side event on Burundi at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Panelists will include Michel Forst (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (President of APRODH), and Tom Gibson (Representative for Burundi and DRC at Protection International).