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Aloys Habimana, Protection Coordinator Front Line Defenders, released

DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) welcomes the release of human rights defender Aloys Habimana, Protection Coordinator for East and Southern Africa at Front Line Defenders. On 17 February 2018, Mr Habimana and another individual were arrested at the border...

19 February 2018
Sudan: Civil society expresses concern about arbitrary arrests and incommunicado detentions to UN experts

TO: UN Human Rights Committee UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Mr. David Kaye; UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mr. Aristide...

15 February 2018
Join us! Announcing the 2018 DefendersTech Professionals Fellowship

Get away from it all but bring your skills with you. The DefendersTech Program at DefendDefenders is looking for technology professionals to join our team. On this short, costs-covered, secondment to Kampala, Uganda you will help human rights defenders working in the dynamic but turbulent countries of East and Horn of Africa to use technology safely and effectively. You will support and develop the ragtag team of trainers and technologists at DefendDefenders by contributing your unique expertise to our existing projects or begin the development of new ones.

5 February 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.

Featured Articles

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
Reflections on the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Highlights from our advocacy efforts at the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council

12 October 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
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
Safeguarding Civil Society

A joint report with contributions from DefendDefenders' Technology team assesses Internet freedom and the digital resilience of civil society.

17 March 2017
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
A new year, a new DefendDefenders!

Dear friends and colleagues, 2016 has been a challenging year for human rights defenders across the African continent, where tectonic shifts on the global political landscape have directly impacted the work of human rights activists on the ground. DefendDefenders has been busier than ever, working...

16 December 2016

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