Throughout the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, the fundamental right to expression continues to be undermined by attacks both on an individual and collective level. Governments have forcibly closed NGOs and media outlets, and obstructed online expression through Internet and social media shutdowns. At the same time, journalists and human rights defenders face intimidation, physical attacks, arrests and detentions as a result of their work.
Twelve civil society organisations, coming from all regions, call for urgent action towards suspending Burundi from the Human Rights Council given the combination of its flagrant refusal to cooperate with the Council and the gross and systematic violations of human rights occurring in the country.
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 […]