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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....
 

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...
 

Trailer: 10 Years of Defending Human Rights Defenders

https://vimeo.com/134074611 At the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders project we have been offering protection, advocacy, and capacity building to human rights defenders in East and Horn of Africa since 2005. Watch the trailer above as we work to bring you stories from...
 

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...
 

Honouring Women Human Rights Defenders

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) include women defending all human rights as well as all those who defend the rights of women and work on issues related to gender equality. WHRDs make a vital contribution to democratic processes, securing and maintaining peace, and ensuring security,...
 

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.
 

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...
 

Gambia: PAHRDN Congratulates Winners of the First African Human Rights Defenders Awards

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRDN) congratulates Ms. Yara Salam (North Africa), Mr. Livingstone Sewanyana (East and horn of Africa), Mr. Imam Baba Leigh (West Africa), Ms. Paulette Oyane-ondo (Central Africa) and Ms. Lucia Da Silveira (Southern Africa) winners of the first ever Africa Human Rights Defenders Awards that were held on 22nd October 2013 at Kairaba Beach Hotel, The Gambia.
 

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...
 

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...
 

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...
 

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.
 

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...
 

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.
 

Kenya: Investigate Attack on Rights Activist

(Nairobi, November 23, 2012)– The Kenyan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate a serious physical assault on Okiya Omtatah Okoiti, a prominent human rights activist, on the evening of November 9, 2012, and bring appropriate charges, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and East and Horn...
 

UN: Time to Go Beyond Reporting on Reprisals

Press Statement UN: Time to Go Beyond Reporting on Reprisals The United Nations Human Rights Council held its first panel discussion yesterday on the issue of intimidation or reprisals against individuals and groups cooperating with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of...
 

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...
 

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,...
 

Burundi: Verdict in Activist’s Killing Trial Fails to Deliver Justice; Despite Many Leads, Investigation Fell Short

The verdict on 22 May, 2012 in the trial of those accused of killing Ernest Manirumva, a Burundian anti-corruption activist, has been a missed opportunity to deliver justice, 20 Burundian and international non-governmental organizations said today in a joint statement. The outcome was a grave disappointment to those who have campaigned for his killers to be held to account, as potentially important evidence in the case was not pursued.
 

Sudan: End Harassment of Journalist and Human Rights Defender Faisal Mohammed Salih

Mr. Salih, director of Teeba Press, former chief editor of Al-adwaa newspaper and a columnist, has been arbitrarily arrested and detained on three separate occasions on 8th, 9th and 15th May 2012. This follows almost two weeks of harassment by the National Intelligence and Security Services in Khartoum, who required him to report to their offices on a daily basis where he would be kept for the whole day. The arrests began after he refused to continue reporting voluntarily. On 15th May, Mr. Salih was charged with failure to cooperate with the order of a public officer to report at an appointed time and place.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Immediately Release Girifna Activists in Sudan

Updated 27 January 2012 23:00 The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is deeply concerned by the 25th January 2012 arrests in Khartoum of seven activists working with the Sudanese pro-democracy organization Girifna and calls for their immediate release. While marking the...
 

Defenders in Focus (July-December 2011) Newsletter

Dear Members, Partners and Friends, Please find here the most recent issue of EHAHRDP Newsletter “Defenders in Focus” compiled for the benefit of members and partners of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD-Net). The newsletter offers an overview of some...
 

End of Year Message 2011

Dear Friends, Seasonal greetings from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project. I hope 2011 has been a fruitful year for you as has been the case for EHAHRDP. This year has in so many ways been a significant one for EHAHRDP....