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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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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 [...]
 

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: 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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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,...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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:
 

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...
 

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...