Human rights defenders working in zones of conflict do so under extremely perilous circumstances. As they work to end the violence, support victims, or ensure future accountability for human rights violations and abuses, they often find themselves in the crossfire between warring parties.
Highlights of our advocacy work at the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The Burundian government’s attempts to obstruct the work of the UN Human Rights Council (the Council) are futile as they will not prevent accountability for grave human rights violations, DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) said after the Council adopted a resolution on Burundi’s human rights situation today. The resolution extends the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate Burundi’s human rights situation and regularly report to the Council.
Despite being forced into exile after April 2015, many Burundian HRDs continue their work. A new report examines the challenges they face.
DefendDefenders examines the state of human rights defenders in South Sudan.
DefendDefenders examines the challenges journalists face, and provides an overview of the various strategies they have used to circumvent and continue their work amid these restrictions