The explosive boom in connectivity and online participation in the East and Horn of Africa has opened up a new world of possibilities for human rights defenders and civil society organisation. However, as access to technology continues to grow, they are also presented with new challenges. Governments in the East and Horn of Africa have […]
Although Burundians continue to face human rights violations committed with impunity, the Government has been unwilling to cooperate or engage with the UN Commission of Inquiry. In an Oral Intervention DefendDefenders calls on all members of the UN Human Rights Council to remind Burundi of its obligations and preserve the credibility of the Council.
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.