Dear friends and colleagues, 2016 has been a challenging year for human rights defenders across the African continent, where tectonic shifts on the global political landscape have directly impacted the work of human rights activists on the ground. DefendDefenders has been busier than ever, working to protect the space for human rights defenders (HRDs) in […]
Today, Eritreans in London and Stockholm demonstrate to once again draw attention to the actions of one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Among those protesting are people who have not heard from family members since they were arrested in September 2001. Some are part of a civil society that is now forced to operate […]
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. This year is an opportunity to reflect on what is […]
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.
Seven years ago today, Burundian human rights defender Ernest Manirumva was murdered outside his house in Bujumbura. DefendDefenders calls for justice for him and all Burundians.