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Environmental rights defenders are key to sustainable development, UN asserts

There can be no environ­men­tal protection and, ultimately, no sustainable development without respect for environmental human rights defenders (HRDs), the UN Human Rights Coun­cil (“Coun­cil”) warned today through the adoption of a strong, sub­stantive resolution on the pro­tection of environmental HRDs. As the negative effects...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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).

EHAHRDP Journal Article Published on Networks for HRD Protection

EHAHRDP has been published in a special issue on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. The special issue contains useful articles from organizations across the globe focused on promoting and protecting the rights of human rights defenders. The...

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...

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: