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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.
 

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”...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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 [...]
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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).
 

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...
 

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...
 

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 «...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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
 

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.
 

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]”.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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,...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...