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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
Civil society submits joint report ahead of Djibouti’s 2018 Universal Periodic Review

In a report submitted ahead of Djibouti’s May 2018 examination under the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR), DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) CIVICUS and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) call on the government to create an enabling...

12 October 2017

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

6 May 2017
STAND UP! Security manual for African human rights defenders

Our security 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
Exiled and in Limbo: Support mechanisms for human rights defenders in exile in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda

DefendDefenders examines the situation of HRDs living and working in exile, and provides a resource guide of the various support mechanisms available to them.

20 June 2016
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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