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Defender of the month: William Leslie Amanzuru

William Leslie Amanzuru is a Ugandan human rights defender from Northern Uganda whose work focuses on environmental protection and climate justice. He is the founder of Friends of Zoka, an organisation aimed at stopping illegal logging in Zoka Forest. Amanzuru grew up around this forest,...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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 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...
 

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 «...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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:
 

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...
 

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,...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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....
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...