On the opening day of its 60th Ordinary Session, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) called on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to urge the African Union to establish accountability mechanisms to bring justice to protracted human rights crises, particularly in South Sudan and Eritrea. In its biannual […]
HRC34: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders and on the prevention of torture
At the UN Human Rights Council, DefendDefenders highlights the risk faced by defenders working on particular issues, and the excesses taking place under Ethiopia’s state of emergency.
The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes Tanzania’s efforts towards addressing human rights violations, with a particular focus on those targeting women and people with albinism. However, we remain concerned about the growing number of violations against human rights defenders who challenge the violation of land rights, civil and political rights, health related rights, and LGBTI rights, who are regularly targeted by the state, through arbitrary detention, judicial and administrative harassment, reprisals, and office raids…
National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Uganda (NCHRD-U) and the undersigned civil society organisations strongly condemn the continued violation of human rights by the Ugandan Police Force (UPF) following the 4 August raid on a lawful LGBTI assembly. We call on the Uganda Government to respect the rights to freedom of assembly as guaranteed […]
Uganda: Civil society, human rights activists condemn Ugandan police attack on lawful LGBTI pride celebration
On August 4, the third night of a week of Ugandan LGBTI Pride celebrations, a vibrant pageant underway at Kampala’s Club Venom to crown Mr/Ms/Mx Uganda was brutally and unlawfully raided by the Uganda police, starting at approximately 11:30 pm. Police claimed that they had been told a “gay wedding” was taking place and that […]