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Human Rights Defenders of the month: Anastsia Nambo and Is’haq Abubakar

Anastsia Nambo and Is’haq Abubakar were awarded the Human Rights Defender (HRD) Award 2018, given out annually by the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) and the Working Group on Human Rights Defenders (WGHRD). This award recognises HRDs who have conducted extraordinary work to...

10 December 2018
Claiming Spaces for Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

In commemoration of international human rights day celebrated every 10 December, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) in partnership with the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) we are privileged to host the annual Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for Human...

3 December 2018
Joint civil society letter: Ethiopia – Address restrictions in draft CSO Proclamation and protect freedom of association

29 November 2018 – Today, DefendDefenders, with 11 other civil society organisations, released a joint letter to address restrictions in draft CSO Proclamation and protect freedom of association, urging the Government of Ethiopia to ensure that the draft Charities and Societies (CSO) Proclamation complies with regional and...

29 November 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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Spreading Fear, Asserting Control: Tanzania’s assault on civic space

DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania

26 June 2018
“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
Claiming Spaces for Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

In commemoration of international human rights day celebrated every 10 December, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) in partnership with the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) we are privileged to host the annual Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for Human...

3 December 2018
Uganda’s Social Media Tax through the lens of network measurements

Today, in collaboration with OONI (Open Observatory of Network Interference), DefendDefenders co-published a new research report: “Uganda’s Social Media Tax through the lens of network measurements”. Our research report is available here. As of 1st July 2018, Uganda has introduced a new OTT (Over The Top) tax – ...

12 November 2018
Between Despair and Resilience: Burundian human rights defenders in protracted exile in Uganda and Rwanda

Despite being forced into exile after April 2015, many Burundian HRDs continue their work. A new report examines the challenges they face.

14 September 2018
Defender of the month: William Leslie Amanzuru

William Leslie Amanzuru is a Ugandan human rights defender from Northern Uganda whose work focuses on environmental protection and climate justice. He is the founder of Friends of Zoka, an organisation aimed at stopping illegal logging in Zoka Forest. Amanzuru grew up around this forest,...

6 November 2018
Defender of the month: Eulalie Nibizi

Eulalie Nibizi is a Burundian human rights defender (HRD) living in exile in Uganda, and since 2017 has been the Coordinator of the Coalition Burundaise des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme (CBDDH). The CBDDH was founded in 2009 to promote civic and democratic space in...

3 October 2018
Defender of the month: James Rukampena

50 year-old James Rukampena is a Ugandan human rights defender who advocates for the rights of rural local communities in Kabarole District, Western Uganda, to access their natural resources. Until 2015, Rukampena lived off farming the land surrounding Mwitampungu Lake, one of the many crater...

3 September 2018

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