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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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

#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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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,...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...