DefendDefenders

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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UN Human Rights Council

2 August 2019

UN Human Rights Council | Universal Periodic Review

18 July 2019

UN Human Rights Council

11 July 2019

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 (June 2019): Beatrice Githinji

Beatrice Githinji is a Kenyan human rights defender (HRD) and peace ambassador, advocating for land rights. Her dedication to land rights is based on the historical injustices faced by many local communities, where land grabbing is a major, long-standing concern. “Many HRDs are losing their lives over land rights issues,” Githinji stresses. “Land is the main economic resource of people living in rural areas, and if you do not address the issues related to land rights, the chances of solving injustices are scarce.”  Her outstanding human rights work over the past ten years has given her international recognition, as she received the ‘Ambassadors Peace Award 2017’ by the Integrated Initiatives Community Empowerment Programs (IICEP), and the ‘Women Peace Award 2018’ by Women’s Peacepower Foundation. As a woman HRD, Githinji has faced personal injustices and

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Human Rights Defender of the Month (June 2019): Beatrice Githinji

Beatrice Githinji is a Kenyan human rights defender (HRD) and peace ambassador, advocating for land rights. Her dedication to land rights is based on the historical injustices faced by many local communities, where land grabbing is a major, long-standing concern. “Many HRDs are losing their lives over land rights issues,”

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