HRD Protection

Regional Situation

The work of human rights defenders frequently places them at increased risk. Throughout the East and Horn of Africa, HRDs face challenges ranging from restrictive legislation, to harassment, intimidation, and physical attack. Working on sensitive or controversial issues, HRDs often find themselves in crossfire, and are targeted by both State and non-State actors.

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Environmental rights defenders are key to sustainable development, UN asserts

There can be no environ­men­tal protection and, ultimately, no sustainable development without respect for environmental human rights defenders (HRDs), the UN Human Rights Coun­cil (“Coun­cil”) warned today through the adoption of a strong, sub­stantive resolution on the pro­tection of environmental HRDs. As the negative effects…

Ubuntu Hub Cities launched in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

On 14 February 2019, AfricanDefenders (the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network) launched the Ubuntu Hub Cities in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire – an Africa-based relocation programme for human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk. “Côte d’Ivoire is the first country in Africa to have adopted and  implemented…

Reflections on the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council

Highlights of our advocacy work at the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council