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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...
 

Annual Report 2017

Dear friends, colleagues, and fellow human rights defenders, Throughout 2017, the human rights situation in the East and Horn of Africa remained extremely precarious, with five (5) of the eleven (11) countries under our mandate currently subject to UN Special Procedures. Continued internal conflict threatens...
 

Burundi: Government attempts to obstruct UN work are futile

The Burundian government’s attempts to obs­truct the work of the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) are futile as they will not pre­vent accountability for grave human rights violations, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) said after the Council adopt­ed a resolu­tion on Burundi’s human rights situation today. The resolution extends the mandate of the Com­mis­sion of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate Burundi’s human rights situation and regularly re­port to the Council.
 

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...
 

HRC39: Address crackdown on civic space in Tanzania

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Tanzania: Open letter to States for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular...
 

HRC39: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Version française ci-dessous To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Burundi: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry   Excellencies, Ahead of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC”...
 

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...
 

The UN keeps a spotlight on Eritrea’s abysmal human rights record

The UN Human Rights Council (“the Council”) showed its resolve to address the crimes committed in Eritrea by extending the mandate of its top expert on the country today. A new Special Rapporteur on Eritrea will soon succeed Ms. Sheila Kee­tharuth, who has served for six years on the position and played a key role in shi­ning a light on the country’s human rights record, which remains one of the most abysmal in the world.
 

HRC38: High Commissioner’s oral update on Burundi

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Items 2 and 10: Technical assistance and capacity‑building (including oral update on Georgia) and the High Commissioner’s oral update on Burundi Oral statement delivered by Clémentine de Montjoye Mr. President, Mr. High Commissioner, This statement is delivered...
 

Defender of the month: Vicky Ntetema

Vicky Ntetema is a former journalist and human rights defenders (HRDs) from Tanzania whose work spans more than two decades. In light of her home country’s recent crackdown on civic space, she has begun focusing her efforts towards full-time advocacy, bringing greater attention to human...
 

HRC38: Outcome of Burundi’s Universal Periodic Review

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 6: Universal Periodic Review Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Version française ci-dessous Mr. President, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) takes note of Burundi’s replies to the recommendations received...
 

HRC38: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi  Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Version française ci-dessous Mr. President, members of the Commission of Inquiry, We thank you for your update. Since the...
 

HRC38: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

UN Human Rights Council – 38th regular session Item 4: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea Oral statement delivered by Mr. Nicolas Agostini Mr. President, Madam Special Rapporteur, We thank you for your final report to the...
 

NGOs respond to allegations by Ambassador Haley

22 June 2018 Dear Ambassador Haley, We write in response to your letter of 20 June 2018, in which you suggest that NGOs are somehow responsible for your decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council. The decision to resign from the Council was that...
 

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...
 

Job Posting: Systems Administrator

DefendDefenders is seeking an experienced and proactive Systems Administrator to lead IT operations for the organisation. The successful candidate must have sufficient technical expertise to hit the ground running and work towards streamlining, maintaining, automating, and securing the DefendDefenders IT infrastructure and device fleet according to industry best practices.
 

HRC37: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea

UN Human Rights Council: 37th Session Item 4: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Oral Intervention CIVICUS and DefendDefenders Delivered by Estella Kabachwezi on 12 March 2018 Mr. President, on behalf of CIVICUS, DefendDefenders, Eritrean Law Society, Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Information...
 

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...
 

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.
 

HRC36: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

Human Rights Council: 36th Session Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia  Oral Intervention Delivered by Mr Mossad Ali Mohammed Thank you M. President. On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, I would like to thank...
 

HRC36: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan

Human Rights Council: 36th Session Item 10: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Sudan Joint oral statement by DefendDefenders and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) Delivered by Mr Mossad Ali Mohammed Thank you M President, Our organisations, the East and...
 

HRC36: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Version française ci-dessous UN Human Rights Council 36th Session Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Oral Intervention Delivered by Mr. Vital Nshimirimana Thank you, Mr. President. CIVICUS and DefendDefenders on behalf of 30 African organisations would like to thank the...
 

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....
 

Call for applications: Independent evaluation consultancy

DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) is the secretariat to a network of more than 78 member organisations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania...
 

Tanzania: Stop threatening rights groups

The government of Tanzania should end its hostile rhetoric toward civil society groups and threats to obstruct their work, 18 national and international nongovernmental organizations said today. The comments have targeted groups helping pregnant girls finish their education and those working to protect the rights...
 

HRC35: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Human Rights Council: 35th session Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi Oral Intervention DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) Delivered by Mr. Alexandre Niyungeko Version française ci-dessous Thank you, Mr. President. DefendDefenders and the Burundian Union...
 

HRC35: Addressing the pervasive human rights crisis in Ethiopia

Ahead of the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, a coalition of civil society organisations calls upon Member States to support the establishment of an independent, impartial, and international investigation in into alleged violations committed by Ethiopian security forces.
 

ACHPR60: State of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa

In an oral statement, Executive Director Hassan Shire updates the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights on the situation in the East and Horn of Africa, and calls to end the climate of impunity that has prevails in many countries across the sub-region.
 

DefendDefenders receives prestigious Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award

DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) was honoured to accept the Richard C. Holbrooke Leadership Award at Refugee International’s Annual Gala in Washington D.C. this Tuesday. The award, which is presented to leading humanitarian organisations and individuals who enhance life-saving assistance...
 

Reflections on the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

DefendDefenders hit the ground running at the first session of the Human Rights Council in 2016, with human rights defenders (HRDs) across the entire East and Horn of Africa facing increasing restrictions on their rights and their ability to work. As the threat of terrorism...
 

Djibouti: Immediately release Omar Ewado

Version française ci-dessous DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) condemns the arrest and detention of Omar Ewado, Director of the Ligue Djiboutienne des droits de l’homme (LDDH), and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Djiboutian national intelligence agents arrested...
 

Job opportunity: DATA4CHAN.GE Project Lead

DefendDefenders is seeking an experienced Project Lead to work on DATA4CHAN.GE, an initiative that aims to build the capacity of Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian human rights organisations to collect, analyse, and visualise data.
 

HRC34: Oral Intervention during Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Although Burundians continue to face human rights violations committed with impunity, the Government has been unwilling to cooperate or engage with the UN Commission of Inquiry. In an Oral Intervention DefendDefenders calls on all members of the UN Human Rights Council to remind Burundi of its obligations and preserve the credibility of the Council.
 

EHAHRD-Net: Final Communiqué on third General Assembly

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) held its third General Assembly from 21 to 22 February 2017 at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, Kampala, Uganda. The General Assembly (GA) brought together development partners, coalition representatives, country focal points and human rights...
 

Open letter: UNHRC should renew and strengthen mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
 

DefendDefenders honoured to host ambassador of Netherlands to Uganda

DefendDefenders was pleased to meet with H.E. Henk Jan Bakker, Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, at our offices in Human Rights House on 13 February to discuss progress and achievements after two years of joint work. The meeting was attended by representatives of DefendDefenders, the Foundation...
 

New mobile app tracks Internet censorship worldwide

The Open Observatory of Network Interference, with support of DefendDefenders as a project partner, is releasing “Ooniprobe – Measure Internet Censorship & Performance”, a new, easy-to-use mobile app that will allow almost anyone to track and collect network censorship data.
 

2016 Annual Report

Dear friends, colleagues, and fellow human rights defenders, As our battle for the promotion and protection of human rights increasingly shifts towards the digital world, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project decided it was time for our online and offline organisational...
 

Sudan: Prominent human rights defender detained incommunicado

(20 December 2016) A prominent Sudanese human rights defender (HRD), Dr. Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, is currently detained incommunicado by the country’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Dr. Mudawi was arrested at the University of Khartoum, where he is a professor, on 7 December 2016...
 

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...
 

UNHRC Special Session on South Sudan: now is the time to act

Thank you Mr President. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes this Special Session and the Commission’s work to provide much-needed scrutiny of the Government of South Sudan and armed actors’ intolerable human rights violations. By speaking out about a looming catastrophe, orchestrated ethnic cleansing, and the very real possibility of further mass atrocities they have sounded the alarm [...]
 

Sudan: Human rights defenders detained and facing spurious criminal proceedings

We, the undersigned African and international non-governmental organizations, are writing to bring to your attention in your capacities as Special Procedure mandate holders worrying developments concerning the detention and trial of ten human rights defenders in Sudan. We urge you to call on the Government of Sudan to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against ten staff members and affiliates of the Centre for Training and Human Development (TRACKs), an organization which provides training on a range of issues from IT to human rights, in two overlapping cases that include crimes against the state. Crimes against the state charges carry the death penalty [...]
 

ACHPR59: Statement on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

Throughout the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, the fundamental right to expression continues to be undermined by attacks both on an individual and collective level. Governments have forcibly closed NGOs and media outlets, and obstructed online expression through Internet and social media shutdowns. At the same time, journalists and human rights defenders face intimidation, physical attacks, arrests and detentions as a result of their work.
 

DefendDefenders board holds annual meeting

The annual board meeting on DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) was held today at its offices in the Osman Hummaida Boardroom in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was led by the Chairperson of the board, Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana and attended...
 

Independent evaluation consultancy for Austrian-funded project

The Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network seeks the services of a consultant(s) to undertake an evaluation of its Austrian Development Cooperation-funded project in protecting human rights defenders in Africa. Applications will be accepted until 3 October 2016.
 

HRC33: Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia

CIVICUS and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project thank the Independent Expert on Somalia for his report. As Somalia prepares for its electoral process later this year, we take this opportunity to welcome steps taken by the government to strengthen its human rights framework in preparation for the election.
 

Eritrea: 15 years of silence

Today, Eritreans in London and Stockholm demonstrate to once again draw attention to the actions of one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Among those protesting are people who have not heard from family members since they were arrested in September 2001. Some are part...
 

HRC33: Statement on the adoption of Tanzania’s UPR outcome

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes Tanzania’s efforts towards addressing human rights violations, with a particular focus on those targeting women and people with albinism. However, we remain concerned about the growing number of violations against human rights defenders who challenge the violation of land rights, civil and political rights, health related rights, and LGBTI rights, who are regularly targeted by the state, through arbitrary detention, judicial and administrative harassment, reprisals, and office raids...
 

HRC33: Joint statement on the adoption of Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review

Despite Sudan’s commitments to ensure a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders, civil society, the media, and members of the opposition, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies remain extremely concerned by the repeated arbitrary detention of such actors in Sudan.
 

HRC33: Addressing the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia

    To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 8 September 2016 RE: Addressing the escalating human rights crisis in Ethiopia Your Excellency, The undersigned civil society organisations write to draw your attention to grave violations of...
 

Ethiopia: Civil society groups urge international investigation into ongoing human rights violations

A group of civil society organizations are calling for an independent and impartial international investigation into human rights violations in Ethiopia, including the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and a recent spate of arrests of civil society members documenting this crackdown. DefendDefenders (East and Horn...
 

Tanzania: End harassment of human rights defenders

DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) are concerned about the growing number of violations against human rights defenders (HRDs) in Tanzania. HRDs who challenge the violation of land rights, civil and political rights,...
 

Defenders speaking out: “The fear is always there.”

The tough working conditions for journalists in South Sudan dramatically deteriorated after fighting broke out again in Juba on 7 July. In 2015, the country fell 15 places – the largest drop worldwide – in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index. It now ranks 140...
 

UNHRC32: Oral statement on the adoption of the UPR report on Somalia

Somalia has taken welcome steps to strengthen the human rights framework since its last Universal Periodic Review. However, in order to continue to strengthen the promotion of and protection of human rights, it needs to urgently address the safety and enabling environment of human rights defenders and media workers, abuses committed against civilians by armed actors, and the need for inclusive nationality laws.
 

UNHRC32: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on South Sudan

While mechanisms have been developed to ensure heightened scrutiny of human rights violations and pave the road towards accountability - and ultimately peace - in South Sudan, a growing number of human rights defenders are targeted through threats, intimidation, kidnappings and torture.
 

UNHRC32: Oral statement during Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea

DefendDefenders calls upon the UNHRC to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea and for the establishment of a structure by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights with a protection and promotion mandate, to assist in ensuring accountability for human rights violations in Eritrea.
 

UNHRC32: Addressing human rights violations in Eritrea and the UN Commission of Inquiry’s findings

In light of the Eritrean Government’s continued and egregious violation of human rights, 22 CSOs urge the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Eritrea and support the establishment of robust accountability mechanisms to facilitate access to justice to the victims of human rights violations and crimes against humanity in Eritrea.
 

Uganda: Open letter to Inspector General of Police

31 Ugandan and international human rights groups call upon the Ugandan Police Force to promptly, thoroughly, and transparently investigate a series of attacks on non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders.
 

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

On 8 June 2016, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. The Commission found that “Crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, enforced disappearances, torture, persecution, rape, murder...
 

Somaliland: Immediately end harassment of journalists

The recent spate of arrests and increasing harassment of journalists and human rights defenders in Somaliland are worrying demonstrations of the Government’s clampdown on public debate and freedom of expression, said DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) and Human Rights Centre-Somaliland in a statement today.
 

Hassan’s blog: Overview on the 58th Ordinary Session ACHPR

As declared by the African Union Assembly, 2016 is the “Africa Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the rights of women”. The continent continues to bear challenges for a transparent, democratic and accountable environment in respect of human rights and rule of law....
 

Open Letter concerning excessive use of force by Sudanese authorities

Thirty nine organizations and individuals write to inform regional and international human rights mechanisms of the use of excessive force by Sudanese authorities to disperse peaceful demonstrators across Sudan. At least nine people, including one child, have been killed in three separate incidents in 2016 alone.
 

In Celebration of King’s Day DefendDefenders Recognises the Kingdom of the Netherland’s Contributions to Human Rights in the East and Horn of Africa

On the occasion of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander’s birthday, DefendDefenders extends its warmest wishes and congratulations to the leadership and the people of the Netherlands and recognises the critical support they have provided in the promotion and protection of human rights in the East and Horn of Africa.
 

Strengthening the Human Rights Council at 10

This joint civil society paper has been prepared by 20 leading international, national and regional non-governmental organisations, on the occasion of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 10th Anniversary. The paper provides concrete recommendations for short- and medium-term steps that would enhance the Council’s ability to better...
 

Sudan blocks civil society participation in UN-led human rights review

Four representatives of Sudanese civil society were intercepted by security officials at Khartoum International Airport on their way to a high level human rights meeting with diplomats in Geneva. 36 organisations and seven prominent Sudanese individuals condemn this blatant contempt for HRDs in Sudan and human rights in general.
 

Defenders Speaking Out: “Who will save the citizens of South Sudan if I stop my work?”

As the 31st session of the UN HRC comes to an end, our eyes turn to Geneva and the member states of the Council, awaiting a strong resolution establishing such a mechanism. Yesterday, we spoke to a journalist and human rights defender who was forced to flee South Sudan after his life was threatened by government security forces. His story shows once again the dire need for strong action by the Council.
 

Defenders speaking out: challenges for women HRDs

Today, on 8 March, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Women are some of the bravest human rights defenders the DefendDefenders supports: they not only engage in the dangerous work of promoting human rights, but also do so in a context that is...
 

HRC31: Side-event on Burundi on 4th March at 3pm

DefendDefenders will host a side event on Burundi at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Panelists will include Michel Forst (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (President of APRODH), and Tom Gibson (Representative for Burundi and DRC at Protection International).
 

Uganda: Uphold Democratic Principles to Guarantee a Peaceful Election

On 18 February 2016, Uganda will hold its general elections, the most highly contested polls since the country’s first presidential election in 1996. The incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is running against his former allies, retired Dr. Colonel Kiiza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic...
 

Independent Evaluation Consultancy For SIDA-Funded Project

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan,...
 

2015 Annual Report

Dear friends and colleagues, It’s been over ten years since I had to flee my country and found a safe haven in Canada. Forced to leave my native Somalia because of my work, I had to fly halfway around the world, far from my colleagues,...
 

Joint EHAHRDP, Protection International and CIVICUS Statement on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Burundi // Communiqué d’EHAHRDP, Protection International et CIVICUS sur la session spécial du Conseil des droits de l’homme sur le Burundi

(Version française ci-dessous) Joint EHAHRDP, Protection International and CIVICUS statement on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on preventing the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Burundi On 17 December 2015, a Special Session of the Human Rights Council took place...
 

End of Year Message From Hassan Shire

Dear friends, Season’s greetings from The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (DefendDefenders)! In October 2015, we celebrated 10 years of protecting those that defend our rights and I want to sincerely thank all of our partners and network members for joining...
 

Statement by Pierre Claver Mbonimpa at the UN Human Rights Council Special Session on Burundi // Intervention de Pierre Claver Mbonimpa à la session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme sur le Burundi

Human Rights Council 24th Special Session Special Session on Burundi, 17 December 2015 East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Oral Statement delivered by: Pierre Claver Mbonimpa (Version originale en français ci-dessous) Mr President, Today, and since May 2015 the Burundian population lives...
 

Defend Defenders: an inside look

Many countries in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region have experienced massive human rights abuses, long-term and large-scale impunity, single-party and military dictatorships, civil wars, and in the case of Somalia, a collapsed state. Such situations and contexts endanger both the work and lives of human...
 

Appel à la tenue d’une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme afin de contribuer aux efforts onusiens et régionaux visant à prévenir la commission d’atrocités au Burundi

À l’attention des Représentants permanents des États Membres et Observateurs du Conseil des droits de l’Homme des Nations Unies Genève, le 9 novembre 2015, Objet : Appel à la tenue d’une session spéciale du Conseil des droits de l’Homme afin de contribuer aux efforts onusiens...
 

EHAHRDP condamne fermement l’assassinat du fils de Pierre Claver Mbonimpa et la montée de la violence au Burundi

Le Projet des défenseurs des droits de l’homme de la Corne et l’Est de l’Afrique condamne fermement l’assassinat de Welly Fleury Nzitonda, le fils de l’éminent défenseur des droits de l’homme Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. Il a été arrêté ce matin alors qu’il se trouvait dans le quartier de Mutakura, un des quartiers dits « contestataires » de la capitale. Il aurait été battu, et son corps sans vie a été retrouvé plusieurs heures plus tard non loin de là où il a été arrêté.
 

EHAHRDP strongly condemns assassination of Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa’s son and escalating violence in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project strongly condemns the assassination of Welly Fleury Nzitonda, the son of renowned human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. He was arrested this morning as he was travelling to Mutakura, one of the “contested” neighbourhoods of Bujumbura. He was reportedly beaten, and his dead body was found several hours later not far from the location of the arrest.
 

ACHPR57: Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Africa

57th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Banjul, Gambia Public Session, Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates, representatives of NHRIs and...
 

ACHPR57: Overview of the Human Rights Situation in Africa

This report was prepared with the assistance of reports and information received by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (the secretariat of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network) from our members and partners from the sub-region to...
 

EHAHRDP celebrates ten years of defending human rights defenders

Today, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) celebrated its ten-year anniversary of defending human right activists throughout the East and Horn of Africa. To mark this occasion, EHAHRDP has produced an anniversary publication, as well as a series of documentaries...
 

Video: A History of Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Africa

https://vimeo.com/142100987As the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) gears up to celebrate its ten years of supporting human rights defenders, we will be releasing a series of videos highlighting the work we have been doing, and the rich history behind it....
 

EHAHRDP Welcomes New Interns

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is excited to add three new members to the team: Jennifer Aciko joins the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network Program as a Fellow. Her areas of experience are in grants administration and management and organizational...
 

Somalia: EHAHRDP calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two Universal TV journalists and resumption of the broadcast after latest government crackdown

6th October 2015 – The Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) raided the offices of privately owned Universal TV in Mogadishu on 2 October 2015 and arrested Abdullahi Hersi, the station’s East Africa director, and Awil Dahir Salad, a producer. The two journalists have...
 

Un nouveau rapport d’EHAHRDP détaille d’inquiétantes restrictions de l’espace de la société civile et des medias pendant les périodes électorales au Soudan, en Éthiopie, au Burundi et en Ouganda.

Les défenseurs des droits de l’homme doivent travailler dans un espace de plus en plus restreint pendant les périodes électorales, a conclu aujourd’hui un nouveau rapport publié par le East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). Dans ce nouveau rapport intitulé «...
 

VACANCY: ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan,...
 

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION CONSULTANCY FOR EU-FUNDED PROJECT

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan,...
 

Human Rights Defenders Timeline 2005-2015 #10YearsDefending

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project has been working to protect African human rights defenders for ten years. Join us on this tour of developments, highlights and emblematic cases in the African system supporting human rights defenders.   EHAHRDP was established...
 

Saudi Arabia: Don’t deport Sudanese journalist to Sudan

Saudi Arabian authorities should release and refrain from deporting the Sudanese journalist Waleed Aldoud Al-Mekki Al-Hussein, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, and the International Federation for...
 

Somalia/Somaliland: Human Rights Defenders Coalition Launched

Nearly thirty human rights defenders representing organizations and in their own capacities formed the Somalia/Somaliland Human Rights Defenders Coalition in Hargeisa, Somaliland today. The formation of the coalition is aimed at ensuring effective collective efforts to address the particular concerns and challenges that human rights...
 

Communiqué: Somalia/Somaliland Human Rights Defenders Launch

We the Undersigned representatives of the civil society of Somalia and Somaliland convened by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project; Recognizing that respect to and promotion and protection of human rights as a fundamental basis of liberty and freedom in Somalia/Somaliland...
 

2014 Annual Report

  Throughout the year, EHAHRDP has reported on the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists, and increasing attempts by state and non-state actors to undermine and disrupt the activities of civil society. We have also seen HRDs who continue to place...
 

Trailer: 10 Years of Defending Human Rights Defenders

https://vimeo.com/134074611 At the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders project we have been offering protection, advocacy, and capacity building to human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa since 2005. Watch the trailer above as we work to bring you stories from...
 

COUNSULTANT TO DEVELOP A FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN FOR EHAHRDP

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan,...
 

UN HRC29: Statement During Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Expression & the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly & of Association

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes this interactive dialogue, and the report of Mr. Kaye on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications. Similarly, we welcome Mr. Kiai’s report on the right to peaceful assembly and association, focusing on the context of natural resource exploitation.
 

UN HRC: Joint Letter on Addressing the Human Rights Situation and the Need For Accountability For Past Atrocities and On-going Violations in South Sudan

In a joint letter twelve national, regional and international non governmental organisations urge the permanent representatives of member and observer states of the UN Human Rights council to address serious, widespread and ongoing violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law committed in South Sudan and to also address the lack of any credible accountability for war crimes and possible crimes against humanity in the country during the upcoming 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
 

Somalia: Freedom of Expression Under Attack

State authorities in Somalia must ensure swift, thorough and lawful investigations into a spate of recent attacks on journalists, and rescind a recent government order that undermines freedom of expression, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in a statement released...
 

Publication: The State of African Human Rights Defenders 2015

(Banjul, The Gambia) A compilation of country studies examining the situation of human rights defenders in Africa has been released today by the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network. The State of African Human Rights Defenders 2015 explores challenges, restrictions, and protections on the fundamental freedoms necessary for...
 

Somaliland: Release Human Rights Defender Guleid Ahmed Jama

State authorities in Somaliland must immediately release detained lawyer and human rights defender Guleid Ahmed Jama, who is being detained on wholly baseless charges, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, in a statement released today. Guleid Ahmed Jama is a...
 

#Wedefend #Nousdefendons Campaign

PAHRDN/EHAHRDP delegation is setting off to attend the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), scheduled for 21st April to 7th May 2015 and the preceding NGO Forum running from 17th -19th April 2015. The #Wedefend #Nousdefendons campaign will...
 

Letter to H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Ratification of African Regional Human Rights Instruments

Twelve South Sudanese and international organizations, committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in South Sudan, write to urge the Government of South Sudan to complete ratification of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) by depositing instruments of ratification with the African Union (AU). We urge the Government to do this in advance of the 56th ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which will commence on 21 April 2015.
 

Freezing of Human Rights Groups’ Accounts in Kenya

Human Rights Agenda (HURIA), The National Coalition for Human Rights Defenders-Kenya (NCHRD-K) and the East and Horn of Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) has learnt, with shock, of the intention of the Inspector General of Police of Kenya to freeze the bank accounts of two highly respected Kenyan human rights organizations.
 

Rwanda: Joint submission by EHAHRDP and CIVICUS to UPR

Joint submission by East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation to the UN Universal Periodic Review on the urgent concerns relating to the operating environment in which civil society activists, human rights defenders and journalists have...
 

Egypt: Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network Condemns Egypt’s Assault on Human Rights Defenders During UPR adoption

In a statement delivered during the adoption of Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva yesterday, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, in partnership with the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) made an oral intervention, highlighting the dramatically deteriorating operating space for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in Egypt. Other human rights organisations, including the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Article 19, Human Rights Watch, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies made similar calls for the Egyptian government to change course.
 

UNHRC28: Joint Statement on the UPR Process

United Nations Human Rights Council: 28th Session Oral statement Item 6 – General Debate Thank you. This statement is made on behalf of 47 NGOs. Mr President, By the end of the second cycle, over 50’000 recommendations will have been made at the UPR. This...
 

UN HRC28: Oral Intervention During Angola’s Universal Periodic Review

Human Rights Council: 28th Session Universal Periodic Review: Angola Oral Intervention East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) Delivered by Mr. John Foley Thank you Mr. President, My organization makes this statement in partnership with the Association for Justice, Peace and Democracy,...
 

UN HRC: Statement by Hassan Shire During the High Level Segment

Hassan Shire Civil Society Speaker East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council High Level Segment 5th March 2015 Mr. President, I speak in my capacity as an African human rights defender, and as the...
 

AU:Publication du rapport de la Commission d’enquête

Nous, organisations non gouvernementales sud-soudanaises et internationales signataires de la présente, vous exhortons à examiner, publier et diffuser, dans les plus brefs délais, le rapport de la Commission d'enquête sur le Soudan du Sud.
 

EHAHRDP is pleased to welcome two new staff members to the team: Kafia Omar joins us as the Special Programs Officer. Kafia holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Prior to joining EHAHRDP, Kafia worked...
 

Burundi: Human Rights Defenders Under Government Attack

Burundi is at a turning point in its short history as a democratic country. The country’s forthcoming third democratic elections since the end of its long civil war, scheduled for May 2015, are of critical importance to its peaceful development, and are a source of growing concern to many national and international stakeholders.
 

Q & A With Hassan Shire

As originally published in the East African, January 31st- 6th February Edition Can you begin by telling us about your organisation? The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) was established in 2005. This November, we will celebrate our tenth anniversary. We...
 

EHAHRDP staff meet with NED and EU representatives

Ms. Yohanan Assefa, a Program Officer with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Ms. Sabrina Bazzanella the Operations Adviser Governance (Democracy and Human Rights) with the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Uganda, visited the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders...
 

Call for Application: Organizational Management Expert

CONSULTANCY VACANCY ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT EXPERT Organization: East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Position title: Organizational Management Expert Position location: Kampala, Uganda Duration: 30 man days Start date: 16 February 2015 Application deadline 6 February 2015 Vacancy contact: Please send applications to [email protected]
 

Call for Application: Internal Auditor

CONSULTANCY: INTERNAL AUDITOR PURPOSE The Internal Auditor is an independent assurance function established by the board members to examine and evaluate activities as a service to the organisation and to advice at an early stage in the implementation of any developments / amendments to processes....
 

Through the Haze of Teargas, A Win for Kenyan Human Rights Defenders

Business must be booming for teargas suppliers in Africa. Many of the continent’s law enforcement agencies have shown a fondness for excessive force, including through the use of less-than-lethal crowd control tactics, such as teargas. Those on the receiving end are often citizens active and brave enough to exercise their right to protest in defense of their human rights, and the rights of others.
 

Kenya Must Address Concerns Ahead of Human Rights Council Review

Ahead of Kenya’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council tomorrow, CIVICUS and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) urge the government to stop its onslaught against civil society and urgently address backsliding on civic freedoms.
 

Call for applications: Creative Film Residency

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is seeking applicants for a Creative Film Residency position in Kampala, Uganda. The Resident will provide creative and hands-on direction in efforts to produce film, photographic, and written media exploring the stories of human...
 

EHAHRDP re-opens office for 2015

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) officially opened offices today, 5th January 2015 with a staff breakfast meeting. We are energized by our successes in the past decade and as we mark EHAHRDP’s tenth anniversary in 2015, we look forward to...
 

End of Year Message from EHAHRDP Executive Director

Dear Friends, Season’s greetings from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)! 2014 has been one of the busiest years in EHAHRDP’s history. Across the region, all of our departments have responded to an increasingly challenging environment for human rights defenders...
 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: RESEARCH FELLOW

Deadline: Friday 9th January 2015 Location: Kampala, Uganda Duration of contract: Six months BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (Burundi,...
 

Fermeture de Claiming Spaces : les DDH Burundais apprennent de nouveaux outils stratégiques.

Le projet des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme de l’Est et de la Corne de l’Afrique (EHAHRDP), est fier d’avoir complété sa formation d’une semaine: “Claiming Spaces: Outils stratégiques pour défenseurs des droits de l’homme” ce Vendredi 12 Décembre 2014 à Bujumbura. Cet évènement a vu se réunir à Bujumbura des défenseurs des droits de l’homme provenant de chaque coin du pays, et est le quatrième que EHAHRDP organise pour célébrer la Journée Internationale des Droits de l’Homme. Auparavant, l’évènement a eu lieu en Ouganda, en Tanzanie et au Sud Soudan.
 

Closing Statement for “Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders” Workshop held in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is proud to have completed its one week event, “Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders” this Friday 12 December 2014 in Bujumbura, Burundi. The event, which saw human rights defenders from across the country meet in Bujumbura, is the fourth EHAHRDP organises to annually celebrate the International Human Rights Day. It has previously been held in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
 

Claiming Spaces for Human Rights Defenders in Burundi

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is proud to launch the 4th annual edition of Claiming Spaces: Tactical tools for Human Rights Defenders in Bujumbura, Burundi taking place 8-12th December 2014. The event, comprising high-level discussions amongst human rights defenders...
 

Burundi: Réflexions sur une mission officielle au Burundi

Alors que élections de 2015 approchent à grands pas, la communauté des droits de l’homme du Burundi, connue comme étant très active, fait face à des défis majeurs dans un contexte de plus en plus complexe et difficile. Au cours de l’année 2014, l’espace de...
 

Burundi: Reflections on Country Mission- November 2014

Blog post by Hassan Shire As the 2015 general elections approach, Burundi’s vocal community of human rights defenders are facing a number of significant- and worsening- challenges. Throughout the course of 2014, the space for civil society has progressively narrowed, and the operating environment for...
 

EHAHRDP holds its annual board meeting

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) held its annual board meeting today at its offices in the Osman Hummaida Boardroom in Kampala, Uganda. The meeting was led by the Chairperson of the board, Dr. Livingstone Sewanyana and attended by Mr....
 

Ethiopia: Crackdown on Dissent Intensifies as Journalists Convicted

Ethiopia's already limited space for civil society and human rights defenders is undergoing further contraction, warns CIVICUS, The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and the Ethiopia Human Rights Project (EHRP). Throughout 2014, Ethiopian authorities have orchestrated an unprecedented legislative assault on journalists, and independent voices within civil society, undermining fundamental human rights and restricting the operating environment for civil society and human rights defenders.
 

PAHRDN: Final Communique of the 2nd Counterpart Meeting

PAN-AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Final communique of the 2nd Counterpart Meeting Royal Suites Hotel, Kampala, Uganda 27th – 29th October 2014 1. The Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) held its 2nd counterpart meeting from 27th to 29th October 2014 in Kampala, Uganda; 2....
 

EHAHRDP/PAHRDN Staff visit Ambassador of Burundi to Uganda

EHAHRDP  and Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network staff pay a courtesy visit to His Excellency Jean Bosco Barege Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Burundi to Uganda. The visit is held prior to Claiming Space Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders scheduled to be held...
 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SPECIAL PROGRAMS OFFICER

Background The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia (and Somaliland), South Sudan, Sudan,...
 

National Endowment for Democracy staff visits EHAHRDP

Katie Campo, the Africa Program Officer at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), visited the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today to discuss the status of human rights defenders working in the region. Ms. Campo met with Hassan Shire, the...
 

Hassan Ali Geesey, Director Radio Dalson, Somalia Visits EHAHRDP

Mr. Hassan Ali Geesey (2nd left), Director of Radio Dalson, Somalia and Chairperson of Somali Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA) with EHAHRDP staff at Human Rights House, Kampala where he will be on a week long fellowship with EHAHRDP which will include capacity building training.
 

Call for Nominations: 2nd Edition African Human Rights Defenders Awards

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD–Net) has opened a call for nominations for the 2nd Edition of human rights defenders awards. The awards will honor exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognized rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on...
 

Call for African States to Reject Immunity for Serious Crimes

We, the undersigned African civil society organisations and international organisations with a presence in Africa working on human rights and criminal justice, join together to express our deep dismay and opposition to the recent adoption by African Union (AU) member heads of states, at the...
 

South Sudan: Investigate shooting of civil society leader

We, the undersigned South Sudanese and international human rights organizations, condemn last week’s shooting of Deng Athuai Mawiir, head of South Sudan’s Civil Society Alliance. We call on the Government of South Sudan to conduct prompt, effective, transparent and impartial investigations into the attack with...
 

African civil society must have a place at Obama’s top table

Originally appearing as a guest blog for Front Line Defenders On 6th August, President Obama will host the inaugural ‘United States-Africa Leaders Summit’ in Washington DC. Some of the heads of state expected in the capital next week have presided over commendable economic, security, and public health...
 

Call For Security Management Assistant

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SECURITY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (FRENCH SPEAKING) Background The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia,...
 

Ethiopia: Zone 9 Bloggers and Journalists Charged with Terrorism

Ethiopian authorities must stop the use of anti-terror legislation to criminalise the legitimate work of journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders in Ethiopia, said East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and Civil Rights Defenders in a joint statement. The Zone 9 bloggers...
 

UN HRC: Joint NGO Letter on Human Right Situation in Sudan

A joint NGO letter to the UN Human Rights Council to recognize and respond to the gravity of the human rights situation in Sudan, and to ensure that it addresses the serious and widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the country...
 

Launch of “We Are Africa” Campaign

The following text is taken directly from http://www.we-are-africa.org/ From August 4-6 2014, President Obama is welcoming heads of state from across the African continent in Washington, DC for an unprecedented event: the first U.S. – Africa Leader Summit. Although the White House has stated that...
 

SUDAN: Closure of Leading Women’s Rights Organisation

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project condemns the closure and dissolution of Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre and calls on the government to end the attacks on civil society organisations. Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre was registered as a charitable Company in 1997...
 

Cameroon: Office Break In At Leading Human Rights Organisation

Police authorities in Cameroon should immediately launch a criminal investigation into the recent break-in and theft of equipment at the offices of leading human rights organisation, Le Réseau des Défenseurs des Droits Humains en Afrique Centrale (REDHAC), said the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN)...
 

Soudan du Sud: Lettre Publique à l’attention des Missions Permanentes des États Africains auprès de l’Organisation des Nations Unies à Genève Algérie, Bénin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Éthiopie, Gabon, Kenya, Maroc, Namibie, Sierra Leone et Afrique du Sud

Excellences, Les organisations soussignées de la société civile africaine écrivent urgemment afin d’appeler les membres du Groupe africain à veiller à ce que les violations graves, massives et continues du droit international humanitaire et des droits humains au Soudan du Sud soient traitées de façon...
 

South Sudan: Public Letter To The Permanent Missions of African States to the United Nations in Geneva Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone and South Africa

Excellencies, The undersigned African civil society organisations write to urgently appeal to members of the African Group to ensure that the serious, widespread, and ongoing violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in South Sudan are adequately addressed by the UN Human Rights Council...
 

Burundi: Release human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

For leading Burundian human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, the colour green serves as a daily reminder of his ongoing incarceration. As the Burundian state intensifies its clampdown on civil society space, Mbonimpa’s detention illustrates the grave risks facing human rights defenders who speak out...
 

ACHPR: Statement on Human Rights Defenders in Africa

55th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Luanda, Angola Public Session Item 8: Activity Reports of Members of the Commission & Special Mechanisms Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders...
 

ACHPR: Human Rights Situation in Africa

55th Ordinary Session of the Africa Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Luanda, Angola Public Session Item 4: Human Rights Situation in Africa Statement by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Delivered by John Foley Madame Chairperson, distinguished Commissioners, State Delegates,...
 

Ethiopia: Release Zone9 Bloggers and Independent Journalists

Just ten days before Ethiopia’s human rights record is reviewed at the United Nations, the authorities should immediately release six bloggers and two journalists arrested on Friday and Saturday, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today. Befeqadu Hailu, Atnaf...
 

Human Rights Defenders Mourn the Loss of Osman Hummaida

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network mourns the loss of its founding member, Osman Hummaida, and expresses its deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and many friends. Mr Hummaida, who died of natural causes on Thursday 17th April 2014, was a...
 

Somaliland: Government Forces Closure of Independent Newspapers

Somaliland government authorities must allow the immediate reopening of independent newspapers Haatuf and the Somaliland Times, both of which were raided and forcibly closed by police authorities on Monday 7th April 2014, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today....
 

Swaziland: Release Human Rights Defender and Journalist

The Swaziland authorities should immediately release Mr. Thulani Maseko and Mr. Bheki Makhubu, the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network said today. The human rights lawyer and journalist were arrested on Monday 17th March 2014, reportedly in response to articles published in a national magazine.
 

Statement to UN Human Rights Council on Environmental HRDs

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment held on 11th March 2014, Mr John Foley delivered the following statement on behalf of EHAHRDP. Thank you Mr....
 

Statement to UN Human Rights Council on Situation of HRDs

Today, 10th March 2014, Mrs Margaret Sekaggya addressed the UN Human Rights Council for the final time in her capacity as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, before stepping down next month after six years in the position. EHAHRDP’s Executive Director, Mr...
 

UN HRC: Creating a Safe and Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders

EHAHRDP in conjunction with International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute (HRSJ) -London Metropolitan University, Centre for Applied Human Rights- University of York and Amnesty International will be holding a side event at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council on Creating a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders on Tuesday 11th March 2014, from 12:00-14:00 hours, room VIII Palais des Nations, Geneva.
 

Uganda: Government Must Ensure Safety of All Citizens

President Museveni’s decision to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law on 24th February has led to a near immediate and widely predicted escalation of mob justice in Uganda. Urgent steps must be taken by the Ugandan government to protect the safety and right to life...
 

Blog Post: Civil liberties being suffocated in Uganda

By Hassan Shire, Executive Director President Yoweri Museveni yesterday assented to a law that will institutionalise discrimination, and increase the potential for violence against one of the most vulnerable groups in his population. The Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 has been widely criticized for violating many of...
 

NGO written statement to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council

South Sudan: Civil Society Under Threat; Increased Human Rights Monitoring Needed The undersigned South Sudanese and African non-governmental organizations are deeply alarmed at the continuing violence in South Sudan, despite the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, and urge the Human Rights Council to...
 

Kenya: Release Human Rights Defender, Muchangi Nyaga

Kenyan police must immediately release Muchangi Nyaga, a human rights defender based at Huruma slums Nairobi, who has been unlawfully detained and reportedly assaulted since his arrest on Wednesday 12th February, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today. On...
 

Defenders in Focus Newsletter

Check out EHAHRDP’s new and freshly designed e-newsletter for updates on the project’s activities Defenders in Focus Explore More Defenders in Focus, August 2012-January 2013: The Bi-Annual e-Newsletter For Members and Partners of The East and Horn o... Defenders in Focus, February- July 2013: The...
 

Eritrea: Under International Scrutiny, Allow Independent Human Rights Monitoring

The Government of Eritrea should accept recommendations to cooperate fully with the United Nations human rights system, said Human Rights Concern-Eritrea, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, following its examination at the Universal Periodic Review yesterday.
 

Kampala: EU Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call to Human Rights House

His Excellency Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Uganda, paid a courtesy call to the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), and DanChurchAid at the Human Rights House in Kampala this morning
 

Uganda: President Should Reject Anti-Homosexuality Bill [Joint press release]

(Kampala, December 21, 2013) – Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, should veto the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by parliament on December 20, 2013, four Ugandan and international human rights organizations said today. The bill would increase penalties for some forms of consensual same-sex conduct between adults, curtail constitutionally...
 

End of Year Message From EHAHRDP Executive Director

Dear Friends, Season’s greetings from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)! Throughout the year, EHAHRDP has reported on the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists, and increasing attempts by state and non-state actors to undermine and...
 

South Sudan: Create Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders

The Government of South Sudan must protect human rights defenders and strive to create an enabling environment for their work, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today on the closing day of a week-long workshop entitled Claiming Spaces: Tactical...
 

Honouring Women Human Rights Defenders

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) include women defending all human rights as well as all those who defend the rights of women and work on issues related to gender equality. WHRDs make a vital contribution to democratic processes, securing and maintaining peace, and ensuring security,...
 

EHAHRDP Journal Article Published on Networks for HRD Protection

EHAHRDP has been published in a special issue on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. The special issue contains useful articles from organizations across the globe focused on promoting and protecting the rights of human rights defenders. The...
 

Joint NGO Submission on Ethiopia for Universal Periodic Review

Ethiopia’s human rights record will be examined in April 2014 at the 19th session of the Universal Periodic Review. East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and Human Rights Council (HRCO) made a joint submission on...
 

Submission on Eritrea for Universal Periodic Review

Eritrea's human rights record will be examined in January 2014, at the 18th session of the Universal Periodic Review by other UN member states. Eritrea will declare what actions it has taken to improve its human rights situation and fulfill its human rights obligations. A review of a State is based on a national report prepared by the State under review; a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors), also prepared by OHCHR.The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Civil society actors can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report which is considered during the review. EHAHRDP submitted this report in June 2013.
 

UN General Assembly: Protect Women Human Rights Defenders

Seventy one African civil society organisations have collectively written to the African Group calling on every African State to live up to their human rights commitments by supporting the draft UN resolution on protecting women human rights defenders, and by taking concrete steps to protect women defenders in their work.
 

Joint Letter to Algeria on Candidacy for the Human Rights Council

Six international NGOs have written to H.E Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president of the Republic of Algeria, in a joint letter, urging his government to take concrete, visible steps aimed to meet its obligation to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,” as set forth in UN General Assembly Resolution 60/251.
 

ACHPR: Stronger Protection for HRDs Needed to Respond to Clampdown

At the just concluded session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and network members highlighted the major human rights developments in the region and called for a stronger protection of human rights...
 

African Commission: Investigate Sudan Killings

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) should order a fact-finding mission to investigate the deaths and detention of hundreds of demonstrators, a group of 11 international and African organizations said in a letter made public today.
 

Letter to ACHPR Calling for Fact-Finding Mission in Sudan

11 human rights NGOs have written to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to call on them to urgently condemn the excessive and disproportionate use of force against protestors, and restrictions on basic civil and political rights in Sudan.
 

Uganda: EHAHRDP Congratulates Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana, Winner of the Inaugural African Human Rights Defenders Award (East and Horn of Africa)

One of Uganda’s leading human rights defenders, Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana, Executive Director of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, was honoured in a surprise awards ceremony this afternoon in Kampala. The African Human Rights Defenders Award recognizes individuals from Africa bravely working to advance human rights...
 

ACHPR:Oral intervention on Human Rights Situation in Africa (Item 5)

Presented at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, October 2013, by Hassan Shire, Chairperson, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network Honourable Chairperson, On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, I thank you for the...
 

Gambia: PAHRDN Congratulates Winners of the First African Human Rights Defenders Awards

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) congratulates Ms. Yara Salam (North Africa), Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana (East and horn of Africa), Mr. Imam Baba Leigh (West Africa), Ms. Paulette Oyane-ondo (Central Africa) and Ms. Lucia Da Silveira (Southern Africa) winners of the first ever Africa Human Rights Defenders Awards that were held on 22nd October 2013 at Kairaba Beach Hotel, The Gambia.
 

Statement to the Human Rights Council on Sudan

Delivered by Mr Hassan Shire, Executive Director Thank you Mr President, thank you Mr Independent Expert. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is deeply concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan and by the inadequate response by this Council...
 

Statement to Human Rights Council on Situation in Somalia

Delivered by Mr Abukar Albadri, Journalist Thank you Mr President, On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project and on my own behalf, as a journalist working in Somalia, I would like to thank the Independent Expert for his report....
 

Intervention orale sur l’Examen Periodique Universel de Djibouti au Conseil des droits de l’homme

Dans une intervention orale prononcée au Conseil des droits de l'homme, EHAHRDP et la Ligue Djiboutienne des droits humains expriment leurs préoccupations au sujet des violations répétées des droits humains à Djibouti, particulièrement les libertés publiques, la ratification des instruments internationaux et la mise en œuvre des engagements pris par l’Etat. Dans cette optique, nos organisations exigent de Djibouti de se conformer aux engagements pris lors de son examen.
 

Joint Letter: African States Should Act on Human Rights in Sudan

In a joint letter, twenty four African civil society organisations urge members of the African Group to ensure that serious and widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law in Sudan are adequately addressed by the UN Human Rights Council during its 24th session.
 

EHAHRDP welcomes new Director of Programs and Administration

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is pleased to officially welcome Ms Memory Bandera, who joined EHAHRDP in September 2013 as Director of Programs and Administration. She will be in charge of programs, and deal extensively with organizational development and human...
 

BLOG: Hassan Shire Sheikh, Somali-Canadian pan-African human rights defender

(Geneva, 30 August 2013) - Hassan Shire Sheikh is a Somali-Canadian Pan-African human rights defender and the elected chairperson of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRDN). Hassan’s commitment and passion for human rights can be traced back to his early years growing up in Mogadishu, Somalia. In 2001, Hassan was forced to flee his home country and to seek asylum in Canada where he continued advocating for an end to the culture of impunity by demanding justice for victims of human rights violations.
 

Rwanda: Ebranlement de l’indépendance de la société civile

Les autorités rwandaises devraient permettre à la société civile de fonctionner indépendamment a déclaré aujourd’hui le Projet des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme de l’Est et la Corne de l’Afrique (EHAHRDP). Le 21 juillet 2013, la direction de la Ligue Rwandaise pour la Promotion et...
 

Rwanda: Independence of Civil Society Undermined

The Rwandan authorities should allow civil society to operate independently, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project said today. On 21st July 2013, the leadership of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (LIPRODHOR) was transferred to an...
 

PAHRD-Net is looking for a data intern (Kampala)

The Pan-African Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD-Net) has opened an internship position for a dynamic and passionate candidate with intersecting interests in human rights and technology. The Data Intern will contribute to the development and release of a Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Index, an...
 

Zimbabwe: Les défenseurs des droits de l’homme africains sont préoccupés par les graves violations des droits humains au Zimbabwe à quelques jours de la prochaine élection générale du 31 Juillet

Dans le cadre des préparatifs des prochaines élections du 31 Juillet 2013 au Zimbabwe, le Réseau  Panafricain des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme (PAHRD – Net), est convaincu que l’élection générale ne pourra  pas se tenir dans un environnement libre donnant aux citoyens zimbabwéens l’occasion...
 

Defenders in Focus, February- July 2013: The bi annual e-newsletter for members and partners of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

The latest edition of EHAHRDP’s Newsletter “Defenders in Focus” offers updates of the project activities from February to July 2013 and gives an outlook on upcoming events. We welcome your suggestions, comments and recommendations on past and forthcoming activities.  For more details click the link...
 

Cameroon: Investigate the Killing of Eric Ohena Lembembe

The Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) condemns the torture and killing of Mr Eric Ohena Lembembe, executive director of the Cameroon AIDS Foundation (CAMFAIDS) and extends its condolences to Mr. Lembembe’s family and friends.
 

Somalia: Investigate Killing of Puntland Human Rights Defender

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is appalled by the killing of Abdi Farah Dhere, a prominent human rights defender on 13th July 2013 in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia, and sends its deepest condolences to his family and friends....
 

Somalia: Ensure Justice for Murdered Journalist

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project condemns the murder of Somali journalist Mr. Libaan Abdullahi Farah, also known as Libaan Qaran and extends its condolences to the aggrieved family and friends. EHAHRDP calls on the Federal Government of Somalia and the...
 

Call for Nominations: Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Awards 2013

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD–Net) has opened a call for nominations for human rights defenders awards. The awards will honor exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognized rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on...
 

Intervention orale sur l’Examen Périodique Universel du Burundi

Prononcée par Mme Solange Habonimana, le 6 juin 2013 (Conseil des droits humains: 23e Session) Merci Monsieur le Président, A travers cette intervention, la coalition EPU Burundi, représentée à cette session par le Forum pour  Le Renforcement de la Société Civile (FORSC), l’Action Chrétienne pour...
 

Oral Intervention to HRC on Human Rights Defenders in South Sudan

Delivered by Rachel Nicholson on 12th June 2013 (Human Rights Council, 23rd session, Item 10) The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomes the High Commissioner’s report on South Sudan and its recommendations. We also take this opportunity to congratulate South Sudan...
 

The Executive Director welcomes new Staff

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project today officially welcomed Mr John Foley, who joined EHAHRDP in April 2013 as Research Associate and Ms Sylvia Kym, who joined EHAHRDP in May 2013 as an intern from York University, Canada. Today also marked...
 

La Société Civile Africaine appelle à une action pour répondre à la situation des droits de l’homme en Erythrée

Reflétant le thème général de l'année 2013 comme l'année du Panafricanisme et de la Renaissance Africaine, nous vous écrivons pour demander à l'Union Africaine de prendre des mesures urgentes pour répondre à la situation dramatique des violations généralisées et systématiques des droits de l'homme en Erythrée, en particulier dans le cadre du sous sous-thème de la commémoration de promouvoir la paix et la sécurité en Afrique.
 

African Civil Society Call for Action on Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

Reflecting the overall theme of 2013 as the year of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, we are writing to call on the African Union to take urgent action to respond to the appalling situation of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Eritrea, especially in light of the commemoration’s sub-theme of promoting peace and security in Africa.
 

Uganda: Halt Crackdown on Media Houses in Kampala

A crackdown on prominent media institutions in Uganda today chillingly illustrates the limits of press freedoms and must be halted immediately. As police conduct raids on the premises of four media offices and blocked the broadcast of two radio stations, the East and Horn of...
 

Burundi: Amend New Press Law

Press release Burundi: Amend New Press Law On World Press Freedom Day, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project calls on the President of the Republic of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, to reject the repressive new Press Law in its current form. The...
 

Human Rights at the Somalia Conference 2013

H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Re: Human Rights at the Somalia Conference 2013 Excellencies, On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa...
 

Congratulations to the Netherlands

As mentioned in today’s Newvision On the occasion of the abdication of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and the investiture of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project sends our warm wishes and congratulations to the leadership and people...
 

ACHPR: Oral intervention on the report of the Chairperson, Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa

Oral intervention on the report of the Chairperson, Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa 53rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Banjul, The Gambia, 13th April 2013 Honorable Chairperson, commissioners, distinguished delegates, The East...
 

EHAHRDP Welcomes New Staff

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is pleased to officially welcome Ms Loïse Mercier and Mr Majid Maali, who joined EHAHRDP in February 2013 as Security Management Officers. Under EHAHRDP’s Protection programme, Loïse and Majid provide security management training and advice to human rights defenders across Africa to minimize their vulnerabilities and risks.
 

EHAHRDP Meets Somali Journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

Staff of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project were pleased to meet yesterday with freed Somali journalist, Mr Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim. Abdiaziz had been convicted on 5th February 2013 of offending the honour of a state institution and filing a false...
 

Cameroon: Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Adopt Plan of Action

Human rights defenders gathered in Yaounde, Cameroon for the first counterparts meeting of the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD-Net) today adopted a plan of action to promote stronger collaboration and protection of human rights defenders across Africa. During the week-long meeting, representatives from the...
 

Geneva: Special Rapporteur on HRDs Highlights Role of National Human Rights Institutions

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcomed the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders presented yesterday to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council being held in Geneva. In her report, Madam Margaret Sekaggya highlighted the role that national human rights institutions (NHRIs) that operate in compliance with the Paris Principles can play as human rights defenders and in support of human rights defenders.
 

Somalia: Release Journalist Who Spoke Out about Rape

The Somali government should immediately release freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today.  Mr Abdiaziz Abdinur and 27-year-old woman who claimed she was raped by Somali soldiers in an IDP camp in Mogadishu were...
 

Sudan: End Harassment of Human Rights Defenders

The Government of Sudan should end its campaign of harassment against human rights defenders and other civil society actors, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today. The closures of several NGOs in late December 2012 follow an escalated crackdown...
 

Call for ACHPR Action on Human Rights in Sudan

Fifteen non-governmental organisations wrote to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in December 2012 to urge them to ensure that serious human rights violations committed in Sudan are appropriately addressed.
 

EHAHRDP’s Executive Director Meets with HRDs from Somalia and Uganda

This morning, Hassan Shire Sheikh, Executive Director of East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project met with Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and Hassan Mohamed Ali (Antena) journalist from Somalia, both human rights defenders from the most-at-risk groups supported by EHAHRDP.
 

Call for Applications from Peace and Human Rights Network, Somalia

EHAHRDP’s partner organisation, Peace and Human Rights Network, a network of 27 member organizations based in Mogadishu, Somalia and with sub-offices in Puntland and southwest regions, is recruiting a protection programme officer and two security management officers for its upcoming programme in supporting human rights defenders in Somalia. The...
 

EHAHRDP introduces Ms. Sagal Jibril and Ms. Irene Nakasolya

EHAHRDP is pleased to announce the two new appointments to our growing team. Ms Irene Nakasolya joins EHAHRDP as the new Regional Coordinator of the East Africa Human Rights Education Program (EAHRP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Education from Makerere University Kampala and is currently pursuing a...
 

Call for Applications: Security Management Officer (French-speaking)

REFERENCE NUMBER; EHAHRDP/JOBS/2013/02 (English and French)   Background The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,...
 

Call for Applications: Security Management Officer (Arabic-speaking)

Reference Number; EHAHRDP/JOBS/2013/03 (English and Arabic)   Background The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,...
 

Call for Applications: Research Associate [Closed]

Deadline: Friday 4th January 2013 Location: Kampala, Uganda Duration of contract: One year, renewable BACKGROUND The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (that is, Burundi, Djibouti,...
 

Burundi: UPR submission on situation of human rights defenders

The human rights situation in Burundi will be reviewed on 24th January 2012 under the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. During the review, which takes place at the United Nations in Geneva, a delegation from the Government of Burundi will present their national report and UN member...
 

Tanzania: Police Must Investigate Death of Human Rights Defender in Mara

Joint press statement from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network and our member, the Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition, calling for full police investigations into the death of Eustace Nyarugenda. Mr Nyarugenda, the executive director of the Action Based Community Foundation...
 

Kenya: Investigate Attack on Rights Activist

(Nairobi, November 23, 2012)– The Kenyan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate a serious physical assault on Okiya Omtatah Okoiti, a prominent human rights activist, on the evening of November 9, 2012, and bring appropriate charges, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and East and Horn...
 

Resolution of Sub-Regional Journalists Conference 2012 and Human Rights Defenders for the East and Horn of Africa

WE, the journalists and human rights defenders from Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, meeting at the Sub-Regional Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Conference organised by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project in Mukono, Uganda, 12-16th November 2012:
 

Condolence Message for Fartum Abukadir Yusuf

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is saddened to learn about the death of Fartum Abukadir Yusuf and their unborn child. Fartum was the loving wife of Ahmed Omar Hashi Tajir a renowned journalist from Somalia. Fartum breathed her last yesterday evening...
 

UN: Noncompetitive Elections Weaken Rights Council

Limited competition in elections for the United Nations Human Rights Council undermines membership standards set for the body by the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Watch, FORUM-ASIA, and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project said today. Although the General Assembly elected 18 countries to the Human Rights Council on November 12, 2012, only three faced challengers in their bids for a seat.
 

Open Letter to Candidates to the UN Human Rights Council

Excellencies, We are a diverse group of nongovernmental organisations from all parts of the world who have contributed to the Human Rights Council (the Council) and its work since its establishment. We write to you regarding your candidacies for membership of the Council.
 

Somalia: End Impunity for Killing of Media Workers

The Government of Somalia should ensure that thorough and impartial investigations are carried out into the shootings of media workers Mohamed Mohamud “Turyare” and Warsame Shire Awale, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today. They are the seventeenth and...
 

Joint end of session statement at UN Human Rights Council

Check against delivery. This is a joint statement on behalf of: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Human Rights Watch, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, CIVICUS, International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Human Rights House Foundation, International Commission of Jurists, International Service for Human Rights.
 

Oral Intervention On Sudan

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies express their deep concern at the ongoing grave human rights violations in Sudan.
 

Oral Intervention On Somalia

With the election of a new President, Somalia is at a crossroads in its history. It is essential that all stakeholders take this opportunity to commit to the full promotion and protection of human rights in the country. The test of the new government will be whether it can deliver on human rights commitments. We therefore thank the Independent Expert for his report and detailed recommendations in this regard
 

Ethiopia: Amend Laws that Repress Civil Society and Media

Following the announcement on 21st August 2012 of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death, Ethiopia’s new leadership should recommit the State to the full respect of its population’s human rights, especially the freedoms of association, assembly and expression, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said in a statement to the UN Human Rights Council yesterday
 

Ethiopia’s New Leadership Should Respect International Human Rights Commitments

Following the announcement on 21 August 2012 of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s death, Ethiopia’s new leadership should recommit the State to the full respect of its population’s human rights. The Human Rights Council and Ethiopia’s international partners should equally take the opportunity to call for a number of pressing reforms to re-establish respect for the freedoms of association, assembly and expression as a matter of priority during this time of transition.
 

Oral Intervention on Ethiopia at 21st Session of Human Rights Council

With Ethiopia standing as a candidate for election to this Council and with the change in leadership in the country following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, EHAHRDP calls on the government to carry out important reforms to re-establish respect for the freedoms of association, assembly and expression as a matter of priority.
 

RE: Addressing the situation of human rights in Sudan at the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council

Excellency, The undersigned organizations are writing to urge your delegation to ensure that serious and widespread human rights violations committed in Sudan are appropriately addressed by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) during its current 21st session. One year after the independence of South Sudan, the human rights and humanitarian situation in Sudan has deteriorated. Recent months have seen a widespread crackdown against dissenting voices, opposition groups and protesters
 

UN: Time to Go Beyond Reporting on Reprisals

Press Statement UN: Time to Go Beyond Reporting on Reprisals The United Nations Human Rights Council held its first panel discussion yesterday on the issue of intimidation or reprisals against individuals and groups cooperating with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of...
 

Text of Intervention: Panel discussion on the issue of intimidation or reprisal against individuals and groups who cooperate or have cooperated with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights

A number of cases of reprisals against HRDs in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region have been reported by the Secretary-General. The details are available in the Secretary-General’s reports, but in summary these have taken the form of physical attacks, killings, arbitrary and incommunicado detention, torture and ill-treatment, death threats and media smear campaigns against organizations and individuals. Individuals have even been charged with “working with international organizations hostile to [the country]”.
 

EHAHRDP Receives US State Department Human Rights Defenders Award

Ambassador Michael Posner (Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor) and Ambassador Scott DeLisi (the new US Ambassador to Uganda) today presented members of the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law with the US Department of State 2011...
 

IFISO: Waa In Dhammaadka Xilliga Ku-meel-gaarnimada Soomaaliya uu Keeno Isbeddel Waara

War Saxaafadeed IFISO Independent Vetting Coalition 20 Agoosto, 2012 Isbaheysiga Madaxabannaan ee Turxaanbixinta Soomaaliyeed, IFISO, ayaa ugu yeerayaa Barlamaanka Federaalka ee dhawaanta la xulay inuu doorto musharrixiin ey ka go’antahay qiyamka cad-caddaanimada iyo mamul dimoqoraaddiyadeed. Waxey IFISO si aad ah uga walaacsantahay maqnaashaha xilkii la...
 

IFISO: End of Transition in Somalia Must Bring Enduring Change

IFISO Independent Vetting Coalition calls upon the newly selected Federal Parliament to elect candidates committed to values of transparency and democratic governance. IFISO also raises serious concerns over the lack of a mandated gender quota in the new Federal Parliament and reports of intimidation and...
 

South Sudan: Human Rights Defenders Network Officially Launched

23rd August 2012 Eighteen human rights defenders representing thirteen organizations and in their own capacities met on 17th August 2012 in Juba and formed the South Sudan Human Rights Defenders Network. Human rights defenders in South Sudan face challenges in carrying out their work, in...
 

Civil society concern at ban of newspaper in Tanzania

Article 19, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Committee to Protect Journalists, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Legal and Human Rights Centre, Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition and the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Tanzania, are concerned about...
 

Eritrea: Establishment of New UN Special Rapporteur Welcomed

The establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Eritrea by the United Nations Human Rights Council is a historic move, said Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Human Rights Concern-Eritrea (HRC-E) and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). In a resolution adopted by...
 

Space for civil society shrinking in Uganda say national and global CSOs

Johannesburg, 25 June 2012. Civil society space in Uganda is rapidly shrinking, warn global network CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Uganda-based East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). Independent civil society organisations are being openly threatened and placed under excessive...
 

Uganda: Police raid on LGBTI activists workshop in Kampala condemned

Yesterday’s raid on a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) workshop by the Uganda police was arbitrary, and an illegitimate infringement on freedom of association and assembly, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), Front Line Defenders, Freedom House,...
 

Call for Action on Eritrea at UN Human Rights Council

To: Members of the Human Rights Council Excellency, The undersigned non-governmental organisations are writing to express their utmost concern about the ongoing widespread and systematic human rights violations in Eritrea and to call on members of the Human Rights Council to take urgent action at...
 

Commemoration of Floribert Chebeya Death

Commemoration of Floribert Chebeya death will be held today at the EHAHRDP offices at 12:30pm. There will also be Mass in his memory at Namugongo Catholic Shrine starting at 2:30pm.  May the Soul of this Congolese Human Rights activist Rest in Eternal Peace.
 

Burundi: Verdict in Activist’s Killing Trial Fails to Deliver Justice; Despite Many Leads, Investigation Fell Short

The verdict on 22 May, 2012 in the trial of those accused of killing Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, has been a missed opportunity to deliver justice, 20 Burundian and international non-governmental organizations said today in a joint statement. The outcome was a grave disappointment to those who have campaigned for his killers to be held to account, as potentially important evidence in the case was not pursued.
 

Burundi : Justice n’a pas été rendue à l’issue du procès sur le meurtre d’un militant, Malgré de nombreuses pistes, l’enquête n’a pas été à la hauteur

La décision rendue le 22 mai 2012 au terme du procès des personnes accusées d’avoir tué Ernest Manirumva, un militant anticorruption burundais, a été une occasion manquée de rendre la justice, ont regretté 20 organisations non gouvernementales burundaises et internationales aujourd’hui dans une déclaration conjointe. Ce résultat est profondément décevant pour ceux qui se sont mobilisés afin que ses tueurs rendent des comptes, car des éléments de preuve potentiellement importants n’ont pas été pris en considération.
 

Sudan: End Harassment of Journalist and Human Rights Defender Faisal Mohammed Salih

Mr. Salih, director of Teeba Press, former chief editor of Al-adwaa newspaper and a columnist, has been arbitrarily arrested and detained on three separate occasions on 8th, 9th and 15th May 2012. This follows almost two weeks of harassment by the National Intelligence and Security Services in Khartoum, who required him to report to their offices on a daily basis where he would be kept for the whole day. The arrests began after he refused to continue reporting voluntarily. On 15th May, Mr. Salih was charged with failure to cooperate with the order of a public officer to report at an appointed time and place.
 

United States: Work with Us to Fight Corruption and Injustice

The Executive Director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project has joined together with fifteen other global leaders and activists to call on the United States Congress to support reforms to fight corruption and strengthen human rights around the world. For...
 

Uganda: EHAHRDP Congratulates Gerald Kankya on Winning EU HRD Award

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project congratulates Gerald Kankya, Program Coordinator of the Twerwaneho Listeners Club (TLC), on winning the inaugural European Union Human Rights Defender Award in Uganda. Mr Kankya was honoured at a reception at the Swedish ambassador’s residence on 2nd May in Kampala.
 

Somalia: Human Rights Defenders Trained in Mogadishu

Nineteen Somali human rights defenders benefitted from a capacity-building training in Mogadishu organised jointly by the Human Rights Unit of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and Protection International (PI) in March 2012.
 

Remarks presented at the 51st ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Hassan Shire Sheikh, chairperson of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

On behalf of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network, I would like to thank the Commissioners for their commitment to promoting and protecting the rights contained in the Charter, and to take this opportunity to raise some of the key issues that have affected human rights defenders in the region and their ability to carry out their work over the past six months.
 

Burundi: Reopening of Manirumva Murder Trial Tomorrow is Opportunity for Justice

The scheduled reopening of the trial of those accused of murdering Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian human rights defender, is a positive step, said the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and Protection International today. The public hearing is expected to open at 9 am on Friday 30th March at the Tribunal de Grande Instance de la Mairie de Bujumbura.
 

Eritrea: Human Rights Council Must Increase Attention to Widespread and Systematic Violations

44 countries yesterday called on the Government of Eritrea to end its use of arbitrary detention and torture of its citizens. Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Concern - Eritrea and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project welcome this long overdue attention paid to the widespread and systematic human rights violations continuing in Eritrea for over a decade.
 

Somalia: London Conference Must Address Human Rights and Accountability

Representatives of 50 countries and international organisations will meet tomorrow, 23rd February 2012, in London, UK for an international conference on Somalia. Participants in the London Conference must ensure that accountability and respect for human rights are central to the Somali political process, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) said today.
 

Uganda: Parliament Should Reject Anti-Homosexuality Bill

On Tuesday 7th February 2012, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (2009) was reintroduced to the Parliament of Uganda. If passed, this draft legislation would violate the human rights of all Ugandans, and should immediately be dropped, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP),...
 

Uganda: Government Minister Shuts Down Human Rights Workshop

The Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Hon. Rev. Fr. Lokodo Simon, yesterday shut down a capacity-building workshop organized by Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) in Entebbe, Uganda and attempted to have FARUG Executive Director Kasha Nabagesera Jacqueline arrested. Without a valid warrant, but...
 

Tanzania: Drop Charges against Human Rights Defenders

Press Statement 10th February 2012 Sixteen human rights defenders were arrested, charged with “unlawful protest”, and released on bail in Dar es Salaam yesterday. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and the Tanzanian Human Rights Defenders Coalition call on the...
 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ADVOCACY ASSISTANT

EHAHRDP is seeking applications for the role of Advocacy Assistant to fill a vacancy. The successful candidate will support the work of the Advocacy Programme, reporting to the Advocacy Officer. The Advocacy Assistant should be well-organised, work effectively under pressure and a good team player. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision. They should be willing to travel occasionally, as required.
 

Accountability for Attacks on Radio Shabelle and Other Media Workers in Somalia

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project wrote to President of the Transitional Federal Government, H.E. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, to urge the Somali government to ensure a timely, independent and impartial investigation into the murder of Hassan Osman Abdi, the director of Shabelle Media Network, and that those responsible are held to account in a fair trial.
 

Immediately Release Girifna Activists in Sudan

Updated 27 January 2012 23:00 The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is deeply concerned by the 25th January 2012 arrests in Khartoum of seven activists working with the Sudanese pro-democracy organization Girifna and calls for their immediate release. While marking the...
 

Welcome to the New EHAHRDP Website

Welcome to the newly refreshed and relaunched website of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)! As the tools with which human rights defenders conduct their work grow and become more complex, EHAHRDP strives to keep pace with technological changes and...
 

Defenders in Focus (July-December 2011) Newsletter

Dear Members, Partners and Friends, Please find here the most recent issue of EHAHRDP Newsletter “Defenders in Focus” compiled for the benefit of members and partners of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net). The newsletter offers an overview of some...
 

End of Year Message 2011

Dear Friends, Seasonal greetings from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project. I hope 2011 has been a fruitful year for you as has been the case for EHAHRDP. This year has in so many ways been a significant one for EHAHRDP....
 

Uganda: Human Rights Defenders Claiming their Space

Human rights defenders in Uganda were encouraged to build networks and create synergies to protect their shrinking working space at the opening of the forum “Claiming Spaces: Tactical Tools for Human Rights Defenders” today. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)...
 

Kampala: Opening of ADF General Assembly Today 22nd September 2011

The African Democracy Forum (ADF) members from across the region will be gathering in Kampala on 22nd and 23rd September 2011 at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala for the General Assembly of the Forum. The Assembly has brought together ADF members particularly working on the...
 

NGOs Call for Robust UN Action in Face of Eritrea’s Human Rights Violations

(Christian Solidarity Worldwide) Human Rights Concern Eritrea (HRCE), Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to conduct a thorough investigation into the wide-ranging human rights violations...
 

Eritrea: Ten Years After the Crackdown {Side Event HRC}

Ten years after the crackdown: What prospects for human rights in Eritrea? Tuesday 20th September 14:00-15:00 Room XXIII – Palais des Nations Geneva Panellists • Elsa Chyrum, Director, Human Rights Concern-Eritrea • Ben Rawlence, Senior Researcher, Human Rights Watch • Matthew Jones, Public Affairs Officer,...
 

Uganda: Disclose Evidence against Human Rights Defender, Others

Immediately Provide Counsel for All Defendants in Terrorism Trial The Ugandan government should disclose any evidence it claims to have against the detained Kenyan human rights defender Al-Amin Kimathi or release him, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reprieve and the East and Horn of Africa...
 

Kampala: Southern Sudanese Human Rights Defenders on Study Visit

Five members of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network from South Sudan visited Kampala for a study tour and capacity-building visit from 3rd-6th August. The representatives of the newly formed South Sudan Human Rights Defenders Forum (SSHRDF) used the opportunity to...
 

Vacancy: Accounts Assistant

EHAHRDP is seeking an Accounts Assistant to fill a new vacancy. The primary responsibility of this position is to assist the Finance Officer achieve timely and accurate accounting information. To see more details on this position, please click here.
 

Kenya: Human Rights Investigator Deported

Kenya: Human Rights Investigator Deported Case Fits Trend of Silencing Critics of Counterterrorism Abuses Nairobi – The deportation from Kenya of the human rights investigator Clara Gutteridge raises concerns about Kenya’s openness to scrutiny, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)...
 

Justice for Ernest Manirumva

Brussels, April 6th 2011 On April 9th 2009, Ernest Manirumva, number two at OLUCOME, Burundi’s main association in the fight against corruption, was stabbed to death at his home.
 

Four Kenyan Human Rights Defenders to be Deported

Uganda: Four Kenyan Human Rights Defenders to be Deported Four human rights defenders have been detained by immigration officers at Entebbe airport, and threatened with deportation on the next flight. They were travelling to Kampala to meet with the Chief Justice of Uganda to discuss...
 

Uganda: Kenyan Human Rights Defenders Deported

Four prominent human rights defenders were returned to Kenya today shortly after their arrival at Entebbe airport, despite having secured a meeting with the Chief Justice of Uganda. They were due to meet with Justice Benjamin Odoki tomorrow, to discuss the case of Mr. Al-Amin...
 

General Assembly Approves New Network Members

31st March 2011 Kampala: General Assembly Approves New Network Members The second General Assembly Meeting of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network closed yesterday after two full days of discussion and strategizing on the Network’s work in the next five years....
 

EHAHRDP-Net Strategic Meeting Report

Download the Report The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-NET) organized its second Strategic Planning Meeting for the network’s focal representatives on the 1st and 2nd May 2010 at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala.
 

Attacks Against Journalists During Elections

JOINT ACTION: 24th February 2011 Kampala: Attacks against journalists during elections in Kampala, Uganda condemned The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) and Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) are deeply concerned and strongly condemn the recent attacks on journalists during...
 

Press Statement on Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD is concerned over the increasing harassment of human rights defenders and general human rights situation in Sudan The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network [EHAHRD-Net] is deeply concerned by the unending...
 

Arrest of Human Rights Activist Jean Paul Noel Abdi

14th February 2011 Djibouti: Free Human Rights Activist Jean Paul Noel Abdi Kampala – The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) calls on the Djibouti authorities to release Jean-Paul Noel Abdi, the President of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights, focal...
 

UN Fact Finding Mission to Kenya

Kampala: Call for UN Fact Finding Mission to Kenya to investigate the rights violations committed against Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the post-elections violence. cc: UN Human Rights Council Members, UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Special Rapporteur of the African Commission on...
 

A Tribute to David Kato

A tribute to celebrate the life of David Kato was done by collegues and organisations that worked with him. This tribute was published in the local newspapers. To see this tribute please click here. Explore More One Year Remembrance for the Murder of Floribert Chebeya
 

International Community Must Ensure Rights of Egyptians are Upheld

We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across...
 

David Kato Laid to Rest

Kampala: As human rights activist David Kato is laid to rest, we call for justice and full investigations into his death. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project/Network together with its partner Protection International and Foundation for Human Rights Initiative; EHAHRDP focal...
 

Campus Support Group

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS PROJECT Toronto: Campus support group for Human Rights Defenders in Africa launched at York University Recognizing both the need to address gaps in reporting on human rights violations in Africa and the great capacity and enthusiasm of...
 

Press release on the Referendum in South Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Safety and Protection from Human Rights Violations  for all must be  part and parcel of a free and fair referendum in the South Sudan On 9th January 2011, the people of Southern Sudan will participate...
 

End of Year Message

Dear Friends, Let me start off by thanking you our partners, defenders and Network members, who have supported us in our work and efforts throughout 2010 without whom we would not have achieved this much.
 

Vacancy: Evaluation

EHAHRDP is seeking the services of a consultant to undertake an evaluation of EHAHRDP’s programming in promoting and protecting human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa since its establishment. The evaluation would seek to identify lessons learnt from EHAHRDP’s experience in the...
 

Side Event of the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council

A side event on human rights in Somalia – co-organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project – taking place on Tuesday 28 September. This side event will provide a space for human rights defenders, witnesses...
 

Arrest of Kenyan Human Rights Defenders

17th September 2010 Kampala  Rights Organisations condemn arbitrary arrest of Kenyan human rights defenders. Two Kenyan human rights defenders, human rights lawyer, Mr. Mbugua Mureithi, and human rights activist, Mr. Al-Amin Kimathi, were arbitrarily arrested and detained upon arrival in Uganda.
 

Mr. Mureithi Released from Police Custody

Update: Mr. Mureithi released from police custody; Mr. Kimathi remains in detention. Mr. Mbugua Mureithi, human rights lawyer, was released from Ugandan police custody and escorted onto a plane in Entebbe from where he has since flown back to Kenyan this morning.
 

Burundi: Free Journalist Detained on Treason Charges

20th July 2010 Kampala – The Burundian authorities should release Jean Claude Kavumbagu, a journalist arrested on treason charges on July 17, 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, and Human Rights Watch said today. The...
 

Joint Statement on Human Rights in Sudan

“UN Rights Body Must Not Abandon Sudan” Download the Statement Joint Statement on the UN Human Rights Council decision to postpone the discussion of the human rights situation in Sudan to its 15th Session in September 2010.  
 

UN protection of individuals cooperating with its mechanisms

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: UN should enhance protection of individuals cooperating with its mechanisms The UN should take a more proactive role in the protection of individuals cooperating with its mechanisms, Ms Laetitia Bader of the East and Horn...
 

Assassination of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire

Geneva: Assassination of a human rights defender in the Democratic Republic of Congo The Central Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (REDHAC in French), West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN) and East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) are dismayed by the...
 

Burundi: Protect Independent Human Rights Reporting

Burundi: Authorities should reverse decision to expel international human rights worker. A group of 18 national, regional and international organizations working on Burundi today expressed concern that space for independent human rights reporting may be diminishing following the Burundian government’s decision to expel the Human...
 

ACHPR monitoring and reporting on Human Rights Situation at Elections

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Banjul: ACHPR should enhance human rights monitoring and reporting prior to elections The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) should enhance monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in countries undergoing elections the...
 

Attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Ethiopia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: End attacks on human rights defenders in Ethiopia The East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) called on the Ethiopian delegation present at UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today for...
 

A Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Tanzania

Download the Report The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) along with Protection Desk Uganda (PDU) a joint project of EHAHRDP and Protection International that carries out security training, assessment and offers advice on security matters, carried out a fact-finding mission...
 

Regular international reporting on the Human Rights Situation in Burundi

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: Ensure regular international reporting on the human rights situation in Burundi The East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) called on UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) representatives and on the Burundian government...
 

Permanent international human rights presence in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: UN Rights Council should turn commitment into action in Somalia The East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) today called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ensure that the...
 

Threats and attacks on Human Rights Defenders in Gambia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Geneva: Act to end threats and attacks on HRDs in Gambia The East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is particularly concerned by ongoing attacks against human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Gambia....
 

Trials of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Dismissal of politicised trial of HRDs in western Uganda After nearly two years of trial the Tweraneho Listeners Club trial has today finally been dismissed marking a positive step for freedom of expression and the...
 

Attacks on the media in Uganda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Ugandan government should immediately end attacks on the media The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) is deeply concerned by continued restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, including attacks...
 

Human Rights Situation in Eritrea

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Brussels: Prioritising Human Rights in Eritrea Eritrea has had no independent civil society or media to speak of since 2001 when the authorities responded to calls for transparency and democratic change by clamping down on reformist...
 

Elections in Uganda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Launch of Electoral Reform Initiative marks an important step on road to fair and free elections in Uganda A new initiative to spearhead electoral reform in Uganda, the Citizens Coalition on Electoral Democracy in Uganda...
 

USA action in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: U.S. should act on impunity in Somalia U.S Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton’s visit to Kenya this week offers the ideal opportunity for the Obama administration to demonstrate that ending impunity and establishing human rights...
 

Statement on the Draft Anti-Terrorism Proclamation in Ethiopia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Ethiopian parliament should reject Draft Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and end legislative affront on independent civil society The Ethiopian parliament should bring an end to the legal affront on independent civil society by rejecting the current Draft...
 

Restrictions in Freedom of Expression and Media in Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: End restrictions on freedom of expression and media in Sudan The passing of a new Media Law in Sudan formalises staunch restrictions on freedom of expression and the media which the Sudanese authorities have made...
 

Statement on the protection of Journalists in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK EHAHRDP: Protection of journalists in Somalia must be prioritised as another key journalist is killed The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) condemns the targeted killing of Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, Director of...
 

Human Rights Defenders at risk in Sudan

Amnesty International and EHAHRDP press conference on Sudan The Khartoum government’s current clampdown on Sudanese human rights defenders is alarming. Being a human rights defender in Sudan, and especially in the western region of Darfur, has always posed significant challenges. These challenges have become more...
 

Statement on Human Rights Defenders in Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net calls on African civil society to mobilise in solidarity with Sudanese HRDs and on African leaders to put pressure on their Sudanese Counterpart The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP)...
 

Harassment of Human Rights Defenders in Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net is concerned about increasing harassment of human rights defenders in Sudan The Khartoum government’s clampdown on human rights defenders over the last twelve months is alarming. These attacks are of particular concern, in light...
 

Establishment of the Uganda Albinos Association

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP welcomes the establishment of the Uganda Albinos Association EHAHRDP is happy to announce the recent establishment of the Uganda Albinos Association (UAA) which is both a timely initiative and an important development on the...
 

Increasing restrictions on the independent press in Rwanda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP-Net condemns increasing restrictions on the independent press in Rwanda The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is concerned by the current restrictions being imposed by the Rwandese authorities on the...
 

Release of Ethiopian news editor Mr. Amare Aregawi

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP welcomes the release of Ethiopian news editor Mr Amare Aregawi whilst being concerned about the narrowing space for media freedom The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) welcomes the release...
 

Increasing targeting of members of the Somali human rights community

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP-Net condemns increasing targeting of members of the Somali human rights community and organizes evacuation of Eleven (11) activists The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRDP-Net) is concerned about the current...
 

Death of peace activist Mohammed Abdulle Mahdi in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP/Net condemns the death in Somalia today of peace activist Mohammed Abdulle Mahdi EHAHRDP/Net is saddened and shocked by the killing of Somali peace activist, Executive Director of the Women Care Organisation (WOCA) and founding...
 

Killing of prominent Somali journalist Nasteh Dahir Farah

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP/Net strongly condemns and regrets the targetted killing of prominent Somali journalist and partner Nasteh Dahir Farah EHAHRDP/Net is shocked by the recent killing of Nasteh Dahir Farah,Vice President of the National Union of Somali...
 

Attacks on LGBTI activists in Uganda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net is concerned by increasing attacks on LGBTI activists in Uganda EHAHRD-Net is concerned by the increasing harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Uganda primarily at the hands of the...
 

Violation of media’s freedom of expression in Uganda

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net concerned about stifling of the media in Uganda The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is concerned about recent attempts by the Government of Uganda to restrict freedom of expression....
 

Attack on media freedom in Sudan

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net condemns the current attack on media freedom in Sudan The human rights violations in Sudan which have been ongoing especially in the Darfur region have escalated with the recent attack on media freedom. This...
 

Ethiopian Candlelight Vigil

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: Ethiopian Candlelight Vigil – Tonight EHAHRDP welcomes the initiative launched by human rights defenders living in exile in Uganda to hold a candlelight vigil tonight in commemoration of the tragic events that occurred following the...
 

Statement on the 43rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK On the occasion of the 43rd Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 7th-21st May 2008, Ezulwini, Kingdom of Swaziland Presented by: Hassan Shire Sheikh Chairperson The East and Horn of Africa...
 

EHAHRD-Net welcomes its new members

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net welcomes its new members The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net), is happy to announce the extension of the Network to include the new members of the East African Community,...
 

EHAHRD-Net first strategic planning meeting

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net first strategic planning meeting starts today The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net), formed by human rights defenders in 2005, will be holding its first strategic planning meeting in Entebbe...
 

Financial support to exiled Somali Journalists

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRDP/Net offers financial assistance to 20 Somali Journalists in exile EHAHRDP/Net would like to announce that for the next three months it will be offering vital financial support to a group of 20 exiled Somali...
 

Attacks on the independent media in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net condemns the most recent attacks on the independent media in Somalia EHAHRD-Net is shocked by the recent attacks by the armed forces of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) on Radio Shabelle and...
 

Arrest of two online editors in Tanzania

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net condemns arrest of editors in Tanzania The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) condemns the arrest of two online editors in Tanzania. Maxello Mello and Mike Mushi were reportedly detained...
 

Attacks on Human Rights Defenders

Nairobi: Call for an end to impunity on Amnesty International’s Day of International Action in Solidarity for Kenya. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is deeply concerned by reports made by Network sources which reveal that several prominent Kenyan Human...
 

Campaign on the UN Human Rights Council

Download the letter EHAHRDP/Net is current a member of the Human Rights Council Network. This is a small network of NGOs from across the globe seeking to, amongst other things, re-enforce the engagement of southern NGOs with the Human Rights Council. Along with two other...
 

Attacks and threats of Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net’s call to the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa Focus on the Kenyan crisis: The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is deeply concerned about the needless yet...
 

Harassment and arrest of Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net condems the harassment and arrest of HRDs in Kenya Kenya until recently hailed for its democratic transition from autocratic rule under Daniel arap Moi failed to stay on the road to democratization when the...
 

Media Situation in Somalia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net deplores gloomy situation of the media in Somalia For the journalists in Somalia, the Year 2008 has started from where the previous one ended in terms of threats and harassment of journalists. EHAHRD-Net has...
 

Statement on Jamming of media broadcast in Ethiopia

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net concerned about Jamming of media broadcast in Ethiopia The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net) is disturbed by news of jamming of Deutsche Welle (DW) Amharic language broadcasts by Government...
 

Attacks on Journalists in Tanzania

EAST AND HORN OF AFRICA HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS NETWORK Kampala: EHAHRD-Net condemns attack on Journalists in Tanzania Once revered as one of Africa’s most stable countries, Tanzania has recently slipped into the brackets of countries harassing the media. Two editors of Mwanahalisi a privately owned...
 

Working in Areas of Conflict: a Workshop for human rights defenders

Despite the ongoing peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army that has terrorised Northern and Eastern Uganda for two decades, human rights defenders (HRDs) in this region continue to face a multitude of challenges in executing their most courageous work...