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 […]
DefendDefenders and CIVICUS voice their disappointment over South Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review process, with the government choosing to accept only four out of 33 recommendations made to improve the human rights situation.
Together with 14 South Sudanese civil society organisations, DefendDefenders urges the UN Human Rights Council to strengthen the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan include the conduct of independent investigations and collection and preservation of evidence to ensure accountability for human rights violations.
HRC34: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on human rights defenders and on the prevention of torture
At the UN Human Rights Council, DefendDefenders highlights the risk faced by defenders working on particular issues, and the excesses taking place under Ethiopia’s state of emergency.
Open letter: UNHRC should renew and strengthen mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan
We, the undersigned South Sudanese, regional and international non-governmental organisations, write to urge your delegation to renew and strengthen the mandate and capacity of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to address the continued lack of accountability for severe, widespread and on-going crimes under international law and human rights violations and abuses, many of which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, during the upcoming 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council.