On the opening day of its 59th Ordinary session, DefendDefenders calls on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to address human rights violations across the East and Horn of Africa, including in Ethiopia and Burundi. In a bi-annual report submitted today, DefendDefenders provides the ACHPR with a six-month update on the severe human […]
Examination of Burundi by the Committee against Torture: civil society condemns a human rights crisis
Examen du Burundi par le Comité contre la Torture : la société civile dénonce une crise des droits humains
At the end of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, DefendDefenders looks back on three weeks of intense advocacy efforts, which, despite challenges along the way, resulted in a number of key decisions for civil society as a whole, and in the East and Horn of Africa in particular.
“Exiled and in Limbo”: Support mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders in exile in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda
DefendDefenders’ latest report “Exiled in Limbo: Support Mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders in Exile in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda” examines the situation of HRDs living and working in exile, and provides a resource guide of the various support mechanisms available to them.
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 fulfil its mandate. The impact and achievements of the HRC […]