DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) seek to protect and strengthen human rights defenders (HRDs) in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, and raise awareness about their work at national, regional, and international level.

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Before DefendDefenders, there were no regional organisations promoting, protecting, and coordinating the work of human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region. In addition to filling this gap, we are also an Africa-based organisation, run by people from the sub-region."

- Hassan Shire, Executive Director, DefendDefenders

Meet the Human Rights Defender of the Month

Human Rights Defender of the Month (September 2019): Moses Kabaseke

Moses Kabaseke, a talented hip-hop artist and activist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was forced to flee to Uganda in 2013 – at only 16 years old. Kabaseke, known by his stage name Belidor, has produced music since he was a child. “I use music as a weapon – music has power. I use music to promote human rights.”    Moses Kabaseke refers to DRC as the rich country with the poor people. The continued violence in the country is accompanied by massive human rights violations and extreme poverty, as well as pillaging of the country’s natural resources. “Back home a life means nothing. In Congo, life is something that can be taken from human beings easily – there’s no justice,” he states. “It’s difficult for people that have not experienced atrocities to understand how that


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