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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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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....
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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,...
 

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....
 

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...
 

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....
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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 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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...