Journalists dedicated to providing public scrutiny of, and accountability for, human rights abuses and violations are increasingly targeted in the East and Horn of Africa. As civic space continues to shrink throughout the sub-region, media houses are faced with a range of restrictions that directly affect their ability and capacity to share information. Restrictive legislation, forced media house shut downs, and physical and judicial harassment have all been used to limit the media’s ability to shine light on human rights violations and abuses committed by both State and non-State actors.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors...
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.
DefendDefenders commends efforts to foster human rights in Somalia and expresses concerns over freedom of expression, and women and children's rights.
DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania
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