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Eritrea: election to UN rights council is not a shield from scrutiny

“The gov­ernment should know that be­cause of its election, its behaviour will be more, not less, scru­ti­nised.”

15 October 2018
Reflections on the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Highlights of our advocacy work at the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

8 October 2018

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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
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
Headlong Rush: Burundi’s behaviour as a member of the UN Human Rights Council

DefendDefenders examines Burundi's abysmal record as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

25 July 2018
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
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
Defender of the month: Mohamed Farah

Mohamed Farah, 34, is a Somali human rights defender. He is the founder and chairperson of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN). In addition to his work with the Somali Coalition of Human Rights Defenders as a steering committee member and Disabled Peoples’ International, Farah...

1 August 2018

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In September, we published two reports on Burundi at the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Find out more - plus updates from the subregion, our "Defender of the Month", and news from our network - in East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project's monthly newsletter:

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