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HRC38: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on summary executions and on freedom of expression

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 3: Clustered interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on summary executions and the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Oral statement Mr. President, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human...

20 June 2018
HRC38: ID with the Independent Expert on SOGI and the Special Rapporteur freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

UN Human Rights Council: 38th regular session Item 3: Clustered interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity and the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Oral statement Mr. President, On behalf of DefendDefenders...

18 June 2018
HRC38: Operationalising the Human Rights Council’s prevention mandate

Advocacy paper: Operationalising the UN Human Rights Council’s prevention mandate, strengthening action on country situations

18 June 2018

We are DefendDefenders

DefendDefenders is the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project. We seek to strengthen the work of human rights defenders HRDs throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights. DefendDefenders works in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (together with Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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“This is our Freedom. These Are Our Rights” Human rights defenders in South Sudan since July 2016

DefendDefenders examines the state of human rights defenders in South Sudan.

26 April 2018
DefendDefenders opens permanent office in Geneva

DefendDefenders becomes first Sub-Saharan regional civil society organisation to establish permanent representation to the UN in Geneva.

5 March 2018
Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa

DefendDefenders examines the challenges journalists face, and provides an overview of the various strategies they have used to circumvent and continue their work amid these restrictions

2 November 2017
“This is our Freedom. These Are Our Rights” Human rights defenders in South Sudan since July 2016

DefendDefenders examines the state of human rights defenders in South Sudan.

26 April 2018
Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa

DefendDefenders examines the challenges journalists face, and provides an overview of the various strategies they have used to circumvent and continue their work amid these restrictions

2 November 2017
STAND UP! Security manual for African human rights defenders

Our security manual provides key strategies that human rights defenders and civil society organisations can use to immediately improve their safety.

6 May 2017
Defender of the month: Dinah Nakuwa

Dinah Nakuwa works with the Loima Women Empowerment Initiative (LOWEI), a small organisation of some 60 women founded in 2010 to address social issues in the Turkana region of Northern Kenya. In this arid hinterland, geographically and traditionally on the fringes of Kenyan politics, civil...

14 June 2018
DefendDefenders launches new website

Dear friends and colleagues, In 2015, when we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (then still abbreviated EHAHRDP), we decided it was time to give the organisation a new, fresh face under its new name: DefendDefenders....

29 August 2017
Hassan’s Blog: Free press at risk in the East and Horn of Africa

On World Press Freedom Day, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the ever-present and evolving threats facing journalists working in volatile political context, often thrust onto the front lines of human rights defence as they report on violations and abuses. While...

3 May 2017

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